The Osun State chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) says the ambition of Senator Iyiola Omisore to contest the September 22 governorship election on the platform of the party is unknown to its leadership.

The party stated that Omisore is only relating with the party leadership at the national level and he has not presented himself to the party in the state.

Omisore left the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) when it became clear that he would not get the PDP ticket to run.

He defected to SDP to pursue his ambition in the election.

He set up a campaign office and branded campaign vehicles with SDP logo.

However, the state chairman of SDP, Ademola Ishola at press conference on Monday, revealed that the party has not received Omisore officially in the state.

Ishola explained that the process of becoming a member of the party in line with the dictates of the party’s constitution requires familiarisation and registration from the ward to the local government level.

He added that none of the process of registration as a member from the state has been fulfilled by Omisore.

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“May be he is trying to influence the process to his advantage. As far as we are concerned, he is just the party admirer, not a member.

“Our National Leader, Olu Falaye has made it clear to all of us that the party should not be allowed to be hijacked by anybody, it is on this we stand”, he said.


                                                                          SDP chairman, Ademola (middle) and other party leaders

The SDP chairman said only three governorship aspirants: AbdulWakeel Adeola, Kolawole Oladeji and Munirudeen Atanda are known to him as SDP aspirants.

Reacting, Taiwo Akeju, one of Senator Omisore’s aide, carpeted the leadership of the party in the state, saying they have no locus standi to do so.

“Those who addressed the press today have no locus to do so, they are not representing the SDP in Osun State.

“Senator Omisore is one of the  leaders of the party in the state and a governorship aspirant contesting for governorship position on the platform SDP.

“He is a operating very well in his ward, his local government and at the state level. Since he joined SDP officially from PDP he has changed the face of politics in osun state positively.

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