The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adeleke, was reportedly on his knee begging Iyiola Omisore, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to convince his supporters and party members to vote for him in the tomorrow re-run election.
This is coming few hours after Omisore publicly declared his support for Oyetola, APC, candidate in the Osun State governorship election.
Omisore in a statement said he is ready to work with the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of Thursday’s election rerun.
According to Omisore, the decision was made “after due consultations with his party leaderships and members in all the 30 local government areas of Osun State.
He said APC had agreed to adopt SDP’s manifestos in “forming a coalition government with SDP in Osun State”.
“The APC had since come back to accept all the condition proposed to them by us to form a coalition government while the PDP party is yet to respond. we have therefore as party accepted to support the APC for victory in the rerun election tomorrow and thereafter form a coalition government,” Omisore stated.
Addressing journalists in Ile-Ife, his home town shortly after a meeting with Adeleke who was on his knees begging, Omisore said He has accepted to support the APC for victory in the rerun election tomorrow and thereafter form a coalition government,” he said.
The announcement formally shut the doors of collaboration with the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Ademola Adeleke.
Omisore said he would never renege on his promise of good governance, accountability and human dignity in the state.
In a statement earlier released before meeting APC leaders on Wednesday, Omisore said, “Osun state has always been a stellar example of democracy where the people have consistently and freely expressed their franchise to determine who governs them.
“This should remain so. Osun people have shown that it is not business as usual. It is a positive deviation from what was hitherto the norm. I am telling my people that they should go with any political party that believes in what we in the SDP stand for; good governance, social justice, and accountability.
“I have already detailed how we planned to restore Osun to the path of good governance through the five thematic pillars in my manifesto I shared during the electioneering. I will not negotiate for personal gains and abandon my people.
“My alliance is with the people of Osun state irrespective of the political party they belong. I want my people to be treated with the dignity they deserve. I desire that they have a government that will be accountable to them. I want them to experience the good governance the founding fathers of this state envisaged.
“I have told the parties that have solicited for my support to approach the electorate and ask for their mandate as I have assured them that I will not coerce them for political or social power. It is because I have kept my promise that has made me enjoy their unalloyed support all these years.
“The fulcrum of my campaign was and is still the restoration of good governance and accountability to our dear state. I have consistently preached against voters coercion, I have voiced my stand against votes buying, voters intimidation, and politicisation.”
Senator Omisore assured his followers and admirers that he will not abandon his campaign promises even as he engaged all stakeholders on the way forward to ensure the progress of Osun state.