Osun Gubernatorial Re-run Poll Illegal, Tribunal Declares |The Republican News

                                          Adeleke and Oyetola and Omisere

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja


The Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja has declared as illegal the September 27, 2018 supplementary governorship election held in seven polling units as illegal.

The tribunal held that the supplementary election was a product of an illegal cancellation of the results in the seven polling units during the September 22, 2018 main election.

It ruled that the Returning Officer who cancelled the results had no power to do so.

The Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke, in the election had filed the petition urging the tribunal to declare that Adeleke polled the highest lawful votes and be declared the winner.    (Punch)


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Reasons For Lack Of My Support For Adeleke During Osun Rerun – Omisore |RN

                                                 Iyiola Omisore

Femi Makinde, Osogbo


The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has said that he opted to support the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola,  in the rerun election in the state because the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state said they did not need his support.

Omisore said this in Osogbo on Thursday during a meeting with members of the SDP from across the 30 local government areas of the state.

Omisore, who defected from the PDP to the SDP some months before the election, said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar wanted to come and discuss with him before the rerun when he came to Osogbo but he (Atiku) was prevented from coming by the leadership of the PDP in the state.

A former Nigerian Ambassador to the Philippines, Dr Yemi Farounbi, had said this while narrating why Omisore decided to work for the APC candidate in the rerun supplementary poll held on September 27.

Farounbi said the same thing and Omisore, while addressing the party members, said he adopted everything the former envoy had said.

He said the party opted to support the candidate of the party that was ready to implement the manifestos of the SDP because the party was for the best interest of the majority of the people.

Omisore said, “I want to adopt all what Dr Farounbi said. We gave them (APC and PDP) our manifesto. We dwelled on payment of arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities, on local content, employment for our youths and the reorganisation of the educational system, among others.

“We went to negotiation with a clear mind that Osun must be free and thank God our coalition has produced a new future for the state.

“In addition to what Dr Faroumbi said, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomole, said clearly that our discussion was devoid of any financial commitment. He said they were ready to work.”

Speaking earlier, Farounbi had explained that the SDP leaders decided to support any political party that was ready to put the people of the state first, saying Omisore earned his respect more because he was selfless in arriving at who to support.

He said the issue of arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities which had impoverished workers and pensioners was given priority. The reorganisation of the education sector and local content were also prominent on their agenda.

Farounbi said, “Apart from these, we also said the state must return to 6-3-3-4. That contracts and services must be given to Osun indigenes; that infrastructural development and food security must be given priority because our people must not be hungry and they agreed.

“The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, was the first to come and he came from the airport to Ile-Ife with some senators and Dr Doyin Okupe. We gave him our manifesto and we waited for 24 hours but no response. We heard that they were saying that we wanted to reap where we did not sow.   We heard that they said they would win without us and all that.

“Also, former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, who is the director general of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, called and said they were in Osogbo and they would come to see us. But they did not come.

“But former Vice President Atiku Abubakar called and expressed his regret for not being able to come. He said he wanted to come but the leadership of the PDP in Osun State said they should not come because they didn’t need us. That we should go and do anything we liked.”  (Punch)

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Osun Guber Rerun: Omisore Bows To FG’s Pressure, Supports APC |RN

** his party SDP supports PDP


Olusola Fabiyi, Olufemi Atoyebi, Femi Makinde and Friday Olokor


The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, on Wednesday said he had agreed to work for the ruling All Progressives Congress in today’s rerun of the Osun State governorship election.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke, is leading with 353 votes (254,698) from the Saturday election with APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, trailing him with 254,345 votes.

Omisore became the bride after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared that rerun would take place in seven polling units with majority of them falling under his stronghold in Ile-Ife.

His country home in the town soon became a mecca for political bigwigs, with the PDP presidential aspirants, Senator Bukola Saraki and Atiku Abubakar, visiting to canvass his support for Adeleke.

However, the visit of a high-powered Federal Government delegation which included the APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, his Oyo State counterpart, Abiola Ajimobi, Ekiti State governor–elect, Kayode Fayemi, and Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, swung the pendulum in favour of the APC.

Earlier on Wednesday, a statement issued by Omisore’s media aide, Jide Fakorede, had denied his total support for the APC. In the statement, Fakorede said Omisore’s interest was good governance in Osun State.

He said, “After over 72 hours of putting pressure on him by both the leadership of the PDP and the APC, the Social Democratic Party governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has said that what is paramount to him is the practice of true democracy, good governance and accountability in Osun State and that he will never renege on his promise of good governance, accountability and human dignity in Osun State.”

But while addressing journalists at his residence in Ile Ife later on Wednesday, Omisore said he had accepted to work with the APC with the possibility of forming a coalition government with the party in the state.

He said, “We have accepted to support the APC for victory in the rerun election and thereafter form a coalition government. Our decision to form a coalition government is based on the party that is ready to work with the SDP to adopt and implement the core values of our party which is social justice, equity and good governance. The PDP and the APC approached us for coalition based on our performance and grass-roots network especially in the seven polling units earmarked for the rerun.

“The APC has since come back to accept all the conditions given to them by us to form a coalition government while the PDP has yet to respond. We have therefore as a party accepted to support the APC for victory in the rerun election and therefore form a coalition government.”

Among the SDP and Omisore’s demands were motivation and training for workers, payment of accumulated salaries and pensions within the first three months of the coalition government and commencement of payment of full salaries to workers.

INEC moves materials to units

Meanwhile, INEC on Wednesday moved sensitive materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria to seven polling units where supplementary election will be held on Thursday (today).

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, told journalists at CBN office in the state that the vehicles moving the materials to the destinations were being tracked while urging stakeholders in the election to cooperate with the commission in order to record a peaceful conclusion of the election.

The materials included ballot papers, Form EC 8A, Form EC 8B, Form EC 8C and Form EC 8D.

According to INEC, rerun of the election will be held at one polling unit in Ife-North where 241 people with Permanent Voter Cards will vote.

The commissioner further stated that in Olode, Ife-South, where election would also be held, there were 581 voters with PVCs while in Osi area of Ife-South, 311 voters collected their PVCs and were eligible to vote.

It added that election would be held in three polling units in Orolu, where a total of 806 voters who had collected their PVCs would cast their votes.

It said in Osogbo, voting would take place in one polling unit, where 694 PVCs had been collected.

It added that in all, 2,637 voters would decide the winner between the candidate of the PDP, Adeleke, and that of the APC, Oyetola.

Recall that PDP had a slim edge from the Saturday poll, having led with 353 votes.

Osun declares holiday

The Osun State Government has declared today (Thursday) as a public holiday in the state.

A statement by the Media Adviser to the state governor, Sola Fasure, said the holiday was meant to enable workers to participate in the rerun.

SFG visits Omisore in Ife

The Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Boss Mustapha, has met with Senator Iyiola Omisore in Ile Ife.

Mustapha arrived at the residence of the candidate of the Social Democratic Party around 6.35pm with Fayemi and they went into a closed-door meeting.

Before the meeting started, Mustapha said he was at Omisore’s residence on a visit, adding that the visit was a homecoming because he married from Osun State.

He described Omisore as a progressive politician whose contributions to the nation’s development were unquantifiable.

 Ajimobi, Ganduje, Amosun meet Omisore

Some governors elected on the platform of the APC and other party leaders also held a meeting with Omisore to solicit his support for the party’s governorship candidate.

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi; Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Ganduje; Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun; Ekiti State Governor-elect, Fayemi, were some of those who held the meeting with the Ife-born politician at the Oyo State Government House.

Others at the meeting are the National Chairman of the APC, Oshiomhole; Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf; Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, and other chieftains of the ruling party.

Omisore, who contested the governorship poll on Saturday on the platform of the SDP came third behind Adeleke and Oyetola.

A chieftain of the APC said the party was optimistic of winning the rerun election.

The Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the APC in Osun State, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, confirmed the meeting to our correspondent on Wednesday.

Oyatomi said, “I can confirm to you that our leaders went to Senator Omisore yesterday and had a good talk with him. We are optimistic that we will win the election and both sides will benefit from that discussion.”

Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party in Osun State, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, has denied returning to the APC.

The spokesperson for the candidate, Mr Kayode Agbaje, said this in an interview with our correspondents.

He said some politicians held meeting with Adeoti, but he did not tell anybody that he would leave the ADP.

 Police warn trouble makers to stay away

The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Osun State Governorship Election, Mr Joshak Habila, also on Wednesday warned trouble makers to stay away from the voting areas.

The DIG said this at a press conference he addressed together with the heads of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps in Osogbo on Wednesday.

He said eligible voters with permanent voter cards were the people that would be allowed to the units where election would be conducted.

He said, “As law enforcement agencies, the police and other security agencies will not permit the breakdown of law and order. Those preparing for fire for fire must be ready for the consequences of their actions.”

Court orders release of PDP leader, Diekola

Meanwhile, an Osogbo High Court has ordered the police to release a PDP chieftain, Alhaji Fatai  Oyedele  Diekola and two others from detention.

The order was given by Justice A.O. Ayoola on Wednesday following an application filed on behalf of Diekola;  Sikiru Lawal and Segun  Adekilekun.

A certified true copy of the order was made available to one of our correspondents in Osogbo on Wednesday by a former Commissioner of Information, Mr Sunday Akere, who is Diekola’s friend.

While supporters of the PDP claimed that Diekola was attacked by APC hoodlums, those in the APC said the politicians who recently defected to the PDP were arrested by the police for allegedly buying permanent voter cards.

 Catholic groups warn against manipulation

Caritas Nigeria and Justice Development and Peace Committee on Wednesday warned that there could be crisis if the rerun election was manipulated, which could lead to humanitarian crisis.

The two organs of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria for relief and development also commended the people of Osun State for the peaceful governorship election on Saturday.

The National Director of Caritas, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, in a statement, said while security forces and INEC did well, the commission’s exemplary conduct was marred by the inconclusiveness verdict.

He said, “Caritas Nigeria and JDPC are concerned about the peace of Nigeria, a peace that must be hinged on justice. A possible misstep may result in humanitarian crisis which would swell the ranks of the impoverished and the deprived.

“We advise the APC to watch out for the peace of Nigeria and establish foundations of justice. Politicians must learn to respect the will of the people. Whatever the outcome of the election Caritas Nigeria and JDPC advise Osun people to be peaceful and to follow recognised channels to assert their rights,” he stated.

We are confident of winning Osun – PDP

However, The PDP said on Wednesday that it had the confidence of winning Osun State governorship supplementary election.

The National Vice-Chairman (South-West) of the PDP,  Mr Eddy Olafeso, stated this in Abuja on Wednesday.

Olafeso said, “For us, we are very confident that victory will be ours tomorrow (Thursday). We already won anyway.

“PDP is not bothered because our people are resolute. And they are desirous in ensuring that the victory denied us on Saturday will eventually be ours.

“We have spoken to our people and we are certain that their experience from the current administration is enough for the need for a change that will bring development to the nation.”

On the outcome of the party’s meeting with Omisore, Olafeso said the party had put its hope in God, not individuals.

He said, “Although we have met with leaders in the state, but victory is in the hands of God. What is on ground is clear to all: eight years of total profligacy in Osun State. We will continue to speak with leaders; some of them will listen to us while some will do their own thing.”

Also, the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, said on Wednesday that INEC was practising a democracy not known in the world.

It said that the commission must be cautioned before it “ plunges the nation into avoidable crisis.”

Secondus stated this while hosting members of the International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute, who piad him a visit at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.

Secondus, who was represented by the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party, Mr. Yemi Akinwomi, said, “Politicians are seriously worried about what is going to happen to the country after 2019.

“It is on record that when we lost election in 2015, we were the first party to concede defeat. Since this new INEC leadership took over, there have been serious complaints over elections conducted by INEC.

“In Nigeria, we practise differential democracy. INEC has been compromised, the security agencies have compromised.”

Adeleke writes US, EU, alleges threat to life 

Meanwhile, Adeleke has written to the international community alleging threat to his life.

This was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the spokesperson for Adeleke Campaign Organisation, Mr Rasheed Olawale.

Olawale said the letter was sent to the United Nations; European Union; the United States and other diplomatic missions in Nigeria.

The PDP candidate listed many alleged infractions in the last Saturday polls, the refusal of INEC to declare him the winner in line with the constitution, the alleged killing and maiming of his supporters, the arrest of key leaders on trumped up charges and the manipulations of the electoral process as some of the threats.

The letter read in part, “My life is under threat and the leaders of my party are under siege before and after the Saturday poll.

“During the campaigns, we were subjected to countless attacks. I escaped about four assassination attempts. Our campaign vehicles were attacked several times and our rallies disrupted. We went through the pre-election process under constant onslaught from political thugs and merchants of violence.

“The agenda of the ruling party is to ensure that votes do not count. The target is to thwart the will of the people. The APC is out to subvert the will of the people, an action that will have a deeply negative impact on the sanctity of the electoral process ahead of 2019 polls.”

Adeleke called on the international community to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to allow votes to count by restoring his mandate.  (Punch)

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Buhari Sends Fayemi To Persuade Omisore To Support APC For Osun Rerun |RN

          Fayemi visits Senator Omisore on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

Olufemi Atoyebi and Femi Makinde, Osogbo


The Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday,  visited the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in Ile Ife to woo him ahead of the rerun holding in seven polling units in four local government areas of Osun State on Thursday.

Our correspondent gathered that Fayemi, who accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari, on his trip to the United Nations General Assembly, was instructed to return to Nigeria to meet with Omisore in order to seek his support for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress,  Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, in the rerun poll.

Omisore was said to have received the APC delegates well and they discussed the issue of the rerun poll but the outcome of the meeting was still sketchy as of the time of filing this report.

A source close to Fayemi told our correspondent that the Ekiti State Governor-elect visited the Ife-born politician and the discussion was fruitful.

The source said, “Dr Kayode Fayemi went to discuss with Senator Omisore in Ife today. The meeting is not unconnected with the rerun poll. Dr Fayeni travelled to the US with President Buhari to attend the UN General Assembly and it was Buhari that asked him to return home to hold a meeting with Omisore on the matter.  One vote is very important in this election, so every vote is important and that is the reason for the visit.”

Omisore had suddenly become the darling of the APC  and the Peoples Democratic Party, who are desperately in need of votes from 3,498  registered voters that would determine who succeeds  Governor Rauf Aregbesola on November 27.

The President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, had on Monday visited Omisore for the same reason and he also said the meeting was fruitful and was confident that the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, would win on Thursday.

Omisore is considered to be very important in this rerun election especially at Garage Olode in Ife South Local Government Area where his father, Oba Olajide Omisore, is the monarch.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress has said the PDP candidate would still lose if Omisore supported Adeleke in the rerun election.

The Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the APC in Osun State, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement read, “They know that the PDP candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, can’t win on the popular votes. First, he is the least educated and qualified candidate Osun has ever raised in its history of the political contest.

“The fraud that brought him to this level (manipulation of card readers and purchase of PVC of ill-informed voters) that we are now discussing him as a potential governor, marks us as essentially an illiterate and backward democracy.  (Punch)

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Osun Rerun: Omisore To Support PDP But On Conditions |The Republican News

 Olufemi Atoyebi and  Femi Makinde, Osogbo

The candidate of the Social Democratic Party in last Saturday’s election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has said that he will only pledge his support for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke, in the Thursday’s rerun of the poll if the party satisfies his conditions.

The election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday because, according to the commission, the difference between the votes scored by the two leading parties, the PDP and the All Progressives Congress, was lower than the number of votes cancelled.

After the collation of all the results from the 30 council areas of the state, Adeleke of the PDP had 254,698 while the candidate of APC, Gboyega Oyetola, polled 254,345.

The candidate of the Action Democratic Party, Moshood Adeoti, scored 49,742, while the candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Fatai Akinbade, scored 7,681 votes. Omisore scored 128,049 votes. Adeoti left the APC while Akinbade defected from the PDP to contest in the election.

INEC said the rerun would take place in seven polling units located in Orolu, Osogbo, Ife North and Ife South council areas on Thursday.

Omisore became a bride to the two parties because most of the polling units fall within his stronghold. Omisore’s father, Oba David Omisore, is the ruler of the Garage Olode, a town in Ife -South, where elections in two units were cancelled.

Speaking during the visit of a PDP presidential aspirant, Senator Bukola Saraki, to his home in Ile-Ife on Monday, Omisore, who also dumped the PDP after a disagreement over the party’s primary, said as a stakeholder in the state, he was always after a people-centred government.

Omisore said, “I have given my programmes to both the APC and the PDP. My programme is like this; payment of salaries and pensions. Good governance is what is important to me.

“Anyone between the two that will do that will get my support. I am passionate about Osun State and my interest is the welfare of the people of this state. I have told those sent to me. At the appropriate time, we will tell you where we are going.”

Meanwhile, Saraki, who is also the Senate President, told journalists after his meeting with Omisore that he (Omisore) had agreed in principle to support the PDP in the rerun of the election on Thursday.

He said, “We had a fruitful discussion with Senator Omisore. He used to be with us. And we believe he is helping us now. I am optimistic of a good outing for the PDP. After meeting with him, I am more optimistic now that with his support, the PDP will win. We are confident of a good outing. I am more confident now.

“I was hard on INEC because it declared the Osun poll inconclusive after doing a good job. The issue of vote-buying was on the front burner but that was reduced to the minimum as against what we witnessed during the Ekiti poll. At the end of the day, the poll was again declared inconclusive. That sort of took away all the commendations that should have gone the way of INEC.”

Meanwhile, the candidate of the ADC in the election, Akinbade, has declared that he would throw his weight behind the candidate of the PDP, Adeleke, in the Thursday rerun.

Akinbade left the PDP after a disagreement over the party’s governorship primary and defected to the ADC where he was handed the governorship ticket to contest in the election.

Asked if he had regret leaving the party especially when his over 7,000 votes would have been enough to win the election for the PDP, Akinbade said he had no regret, adding that Adeleke was lucky to still be in the race after he (Akinbade)and Iyiola Omisore left to join other parties. He, however,  said he did not play the spoiler for Adeleke and the PDP and that it was time to help the party secure the victory on Thursday, having gone this far.

Akinbade said, “The election has come and gone but unfortunately, there is no winner yet; so, all of us that took part in the election are still in it even though the contest is narrowed down to two candidates. On Thursday, one of them must emerge through rerun.

“I have no regret not being one of the two or taking part in the election. The electorate must be respected; I cannot impose myself on them. I was in the PDP but due to differences, I left to contest in the ADC. Omisore also left to contest in the Social Democratic Party. As it is, the PDP was lucky to remain in the race. It is a lot of achievement despite all odds.”  (Punch)

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