By Olajide Idowu
Sen. Iyiola Omisore, who recently publicly declared his intention to run for governorship election on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was on Wednesday absent at the primary conducted by the party.
His absence put to rest rumour of his defection from People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to SDP.
The senator had denied that he defected to SDP.
Mr Munirudeen Atanda was selected as the governorship candidate of SDP in the September 22, Osun governorship election.
Atanda was picked on Wednesday at the party’s primary, which took place at the SDP Secretariat on Gbongan road, Osogbo, amid tight security.
Sen. Iyiola Omisore, was also listed as aspirant on the ballot paper, he and his supporters did not participate in the exercise.
Chief Ademola Ishola, the SDP Chairman in the state, told party members after the exercise to disregard the insinuation that another faction of the party exists in the state.
Ishola also called for dedication from members, urging them to reach out to residents of the state to support SDP in the governorship election.
NAN reports that the primary election was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the National Orientation Agency.
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun State, had said it was not aware Omisore has joined the party.
State Secretary of the party, Elder Femi Awe, told DAILY POST that the party has no record of Senator Omisore as a card carrying member.
“Well, in his usual style and way of doing things, he has been announcing to whoever cares to listen that he has joined our party.
“In actual fact, Omisore has not personally or officially met the party leadership to express his interest of becoming a member.
“We have a laid down procedure and rules in which an intending member must follow, which he has not done, not to talk of submitting letter of intent to contest on our platform”, Awe said.
Omisore, a former deputy governor of Osun state formally announced his switch to the SDP from the Peoples Democratic Party,
” 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 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and join the Social Democratic Party (SDP); a party that believed 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”.