- The controversy rocking the Osun chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has continued to pervade the state
- The crisis was triggered when two governorship candidates, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Munirudeen Atanda, turned winners after separate primaries were conducted by the two factions of the party
- While Omisore’s name appeared on the ballots but lost in the primary conducted by the Ishola-led faction, Atanda’s name also came up on the ballots, although he lost in the polls conducted by the Faforiji-led faction
Senator Iyiola Omisore, a former deputy governor of Osun state has beaten two other aspirants to win the governorship ticket with 125,485 votes in the primary election conducted by Bayo Faforiji-led faction of the party.
The Faforiji faction adopted a direct primary mode of election and the returning officer, Professor Rufai Alkali, who announced Omisore's victory on Wednesday, July 19, said the direct primary was a functional party means of choosing credible candidates, Punch reports.
A native of Iwo town, Munirudeen Atanda, also won two other aspirants and thus claimed the governorship ticket of the SDP faction led by Chief Ademola Ishola.
Ishola, addressing the party supporters at the SDP said that there was no other faction of the party anywhere. He said the candidate of the party would turn out victorious in the September 2018, gubernatorial election in the state, urging the people of the state to lend him their support.
Whereas Omisore’s name appeared on the ballots and lost in the primary conducted by the Ishola-led faction, Atanda’s name was also seen on the ballots and he lost in the primary conducted by the Faforiji-led faction.
Speaking during his acceptance speech, Omisore said that good governance and restoration of human dignity was his focus, saying getting this done would be a collective effort.
Omisore said: ”I am very delighted to work with other constants and other party leaders to take the state forward and to achieve our shared quest; the restoration of good governance and human dignity in Osun state." Omisore recently left the Peoples democratic Party (PDP) for the SDP.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the secretary to the Osun State Government (SSG), Moshood Adeoti, had reportedly declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) could lose the September 22 governorship election if any of the aspirants is endorsed for the job.
Adeoti, who is also vying to become the governor of the state, said anything that made the party to throw away the conventional rule of zoning would make it lose the election.
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