The Oasis Reporters
September 26, 2018
Despite giving his word to Femi Fani-Kayode, a notable scion of Osun state and a Yoruba leader, Elder Ayo Adebanjo, the decision of former deputy governor of Oyo State and gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Iyiola Omisore to support the All Progressive Congress, APC in September 27, 2018 Osun gubernatorial rerun has taken some Yoruba leaders aback.
The statement by Femi Fani-Kayode, Nigeria’s former minister of Aviation says it all :
“Iyiola Omisore’s decision to support the APC in tomorrow’s rerun is shameful. It is sad that he would seek to deny Ile-Ife the position of Deputy Governor simply for money. He told me he would stand firm two days ago and he told our leader and father Baba Ayo Adebanjo the same thing last night. I do not know what has turned his head but we shall forge ahead and by God’s grace Adeleke will win. There is no excuse or justification for joining or supporting those who treated our people like filth and slaves over the last 8 years and who rigged last saturday’s election –
Chief Femi FanKayode.”
However, a huge number of the supporters of Iyiola Omisore in his Ile Ife native land where the rerun is going to be held, have insisted on voting their conscience and would not be dictated to, more so as a prince of Ile Ife is the gubernatorial running mate to the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke.
The PDP had won the election by a simple majority and spread of votes until the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC came up with a decision to cancel some votes in four constituencies thereby pushing the election into a second run, which many view as a ploy for the losing side to see how the gap can be bridged and overcome to give them a victory through the back gate. This has been roundly criticized by opinion leaders, including Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo in a tweet recently.