Senator Iyiola Omisore, a former Osun State deputy governor, has announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the newly-formed Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Omisore, who announced his defection in a statement yesterday in Osogbo, the state capital, said he intended to contest the September 22 governorship election on the platform of SDP in a mission to rescue the state from what he called years of misrule.
According to him, the PDP in Osun State is in disarray and likely to remain in prolonged political captivity over the next four years, TheNation writes.
The statement reads: “…Engaging and working with like-minded leadership, we have sought for an alternative platform that will assure both credible (sic: credibility) and legitimacy that will rescue Osun State from its current reckless misrule.
“Our quest for an alternative political platform is basically in pursuit of a credible political structure that would guarantee that our people enjoy the benefits of accountable leadership at the state level from now.
“Notwithstanding my enormous contributions over the past years or so to building the PDP, after very deep thought and the widest consultations with my God, my family, my supporters in and outside Osun State, it is with great concern that I have made a very expedient decision today to withdraw my membership from the PDP and join the SDP, a party that believes in a balanced, equitable and truly functional Nigeria.
“On the platform of the SDP, I shall, with the support of my supporters, followers and the electorate of the state, seek the nomination to contest for, and by His grace, be elected as the Executive Governor of Osun State on September 22, 2018.”
Having served as Osun State deputy governor on the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD) between 1999 and 2003, Omisore was elected to the Senate on the platform of the PDP in 2003 to represent Osun East Senatorial District, while he was in jail.
He may not have a smooth ride to securing the SDP’s gubernatorial ticket as a governorship aspirant on the platform of the party, Otunba Kola Yemisi Oladeji, said it was wrong for people to refer to Omisore as the governorship aspirant of the SDP when he had not even been recognised as a member of the party.
In a statement, Oladeji said the party’s governorship ticket would not be handed over to Omisore without going through a primary organised by the party.