The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Saturday's governorship election in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, and his counterpart in the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Iyiola Omisore, on Thursday, were absent at the last  debate.

Moshood Adeoti of Action Democratic Party (ADP) and Fatai Akinbade of African Democratic Congress (ADC) were also absent.

The debate, which was organised jointly by a non-governmental organisation, Enough Is Enough, and Television Continental, held at the Women Development Centre, Osogbo.

The moderator, Ngozi Alaegbu, said the candidates of the PDP, SDP, ADC, ADP were contacted to participate in the debate.

She said they had all agreed to participate, however, they never showed up.

Omisore, Adeoti and Akinbade had participated in the two previous debates organised by BBC Yoruba and Channels TV.

Adeleke on his part boycotted all debates.

Thursday's debate featured five candidates: Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress, Prof Oluwasyi Fabiyi of KOWA Party, Olugbenga Akintola of Alliance for Democracy, Babatunde Loye of Labour Party and Ayodele Mercy of the Restoration Party.

The absence of Omisore, Adeoti and Akinbade might not be unconnected with their decisions to consolidate their efforts to forestall what they described as the rigging antics of the APC.

Speaking on behalf of the other parties at a press conference in Osogbo on Thursday, Omisore, said the three parties had decided to unite against APC’s plans to compromise the election.

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Omisore clarified that the parties would not be forging into a single force for Saturday’s election because of their different goals for the people.

“These parties are in different stages of ideologies and policy thrust, you can’t just suddenly force them to jettison their ideologies. But there is a general acceptance that this government has performed so badly,” he said.

“SDP, ADP and ADC have agreed that their members should vote for their different parties.”

He also denied that the parties had signed any agreement with Adeleke on supporting him.

“We are not aware that some parties signed agreement with the PDP,” he said. “We are not even sure that the PDP has a candidate as at today, so how can a virtual party be talking of signing with real parties,” he said.

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