Osun rerun: Why we’re forming alliance with APC – SDP
The Social Democratic Party, Wednesday, said the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) has agreed to adopt its manifesto in forming a coalition government with its branch in Osun State.
The SDP governorship candidate, Iyiola Omisore, in Ile Ife, had earlier declared that his party is set to form an alliance with the APC for the Thursday’s Osun rerun election.
His declaration came after he received the APC delegation led by the party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, governor-elect of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed, Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, among others.
However, the coalition was documented in a communique titled “SDP communique on Osun election from meetings held at Osogbo, Iwo, Ile-Ife, Ede and Ilesha on Monday, September 24.”
The party leaders said they are forming a working relationship with APC because “the characters in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are serial liars and not men of honour and integrity, having reneged in all previous agreements.”
“There should be a strong and workable memorandum of understanding (MOU) capable of taking the interest of SDP members from wards, locals, states and national levels between the legal representatives from both parties, the APC and SDP.
“In addition, the present litigation against the PDP are another factors which reinforced our decision,” the document stated.
Omisore came third in the Saturday poll, behind PDP’s Ademola Adeleke and APC’s Isiaka Oyetola. The poll was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission because the margin between the total number of votes polled by Adeleke and Oyetola was lesser than the number of invalid votes.
To emerge the winner in tomorrow’s rerun, leaders from PDP and APC, in recent days have courted Omisore.
Although Omisore stands no chance to be elected governor after Thursday’s supplementary poll, his support remains crucial in the rerun as there is a total of three polling units at stake for the APC and PDP in Ife, where Omisore hails from.
The rerun is set to hold in seven polling units, three polling units in Orolu, two polling units in Ife South, one polling unit in Ife North and one polling unit in Osogbo.