The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore, has agreed to support for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Thursday’s Osun State governorship rerun election.
Mr. Omisore, a former PDP member, said this on Wednesday while addressing journalists at his residence in Ile Ife.
He said, “We have accepted to support the APC for victory in the rerun election tomorrow and thereafter form a coalition government.”
Recall that National Chairman of All progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, some APC governors, and other party leaders had Tuesday night visited Senator Iyiola Omisore at his Ile-Ife residence seeking his support for the APC Osun governorship candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, in Thursday’s rerun supplementary election holding in seven polling units in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Sunday declared the governorship election inconclusive.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke, got the highest number of votes, with Oyetola coming second with 353 votes shy.
Mr. Omisore came a very distant third.
INEC Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof Joseph Fowape, while announcing the results at the commission’s headquarters in Osogbo, the state capital, said the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke, polled 254,698 votes to defeat that of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola, who polled 254,698 votes.
But according to him, due to irregularities which marred the election at some polling units in Ife North, Ife South and Orolu local government areas, and cases of card reader malfunctioning, ballot box snatching, among others, this led to the cancellation of 3,498 votes recorded in the affected polling units.
Citing INEC’s Standing Rules, Fowape said since the margin between the two leading candidates was lower than the officially cancelled votes, the election had to be declared inconclusive.