Omisore Can’t Become Osun State Governor Until He Joins APC – Uncle, Senator Ipoola
July 3rd, 2014 – Omisore Can’t Become Osun State Governor Until He Joins APC – Uncle, Senator Ipoola Omisore
A Lagos lawmaker and uncle to Iyoola Omisore, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the governorship election to be held on 9 Aug ust this year in Osun State, western Nigeria, has declared that his nephew cannot defeat the incumbent governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
Ipoola Omisore, the lawmaker representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 2 at the House, said he was hopeful that Iyoola Omisore would one day govern the state, but that this could only happen if he returned to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The senior Omisore said Iyoola lost it when he moved over to PDP from the Alliance for Democracy, AD, the party which threw him up as Deputy Governor in the administration of Bisi Akande in the state.
Though one of the financiers of the AD then, Iyoola left the party in a desperate bid to achieve his political ambition, the lawmaker said, arguing that his defection to the PDP was his undoing because since he defected, he had not achieved that goal of becoming the governor of the state.
Ipoola Omisore, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Special Duties and House Services, said his nephew is not as bad as being portrayed, but that he must return to the progressives, which he called “home.”
According to him, Iyoola only strayed into the PDP and would one day return to the progressives where the worst governor is better than any governor under the PDP.
The lawmaker reminded the younger Omisore that the Omisore family is known to belong to progressive movement as he disclosed that their father was a financier of the then Egbe Omo Oduduwa, which later metamorphosed into Action Group and one of the early stakeholders in Tribune Newspaper.
He further argued that Aregbesola is more popular and more of a grassroots person in Osun than the Iyoola Omisore and that this would count for the governor during the election.
“Iyi (as he is fondly called) is my brother; he cannot be governor until he returns to the family party. He is straying away into strange lands. Iyi will come back one day.
“I just wrote a book titled ‘Thoughtful And Thoughtless Thoughts’, a compilation of my Facebook postings. In one of those postings, I wrote that I have a dream that one day, Iyoola Omisore would return to APC and I wrote a lot of things concerning it.
“He will be governor, but he must come to the party where he can have it. The party he is in now is where he can make money, he must come to the part where he would serve the people.”
On the recently held governorship election in Ekiti State, he said what happened was not because the winner of the election, Ayo Fayose, was more popular than Governor Kayode Fayemi, but that the PDP played out many negative strategies to their advantage.
He questioned the massive deployment of military personnel to the state as if it was a war zone, expressing support for the APC’s plan to challenge the over-militarisation of the state during the election.
“INEC used a trick and gave an order that permanent cards should be used. Our members could not get theirs but PDP used their closeness with INEC and got for their people,” he said.
He, however, said this cannot happen in Osun State.
[Sources: NAN, PM Lagos]