•Favours Omisore Over Others
In its desperate bid to ensure the emergence of the recently ousted Senator Iyiola Omisore as the party’s flag-bearer in the uncertain 2011 governorship election, the executive committee of Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had directed all the council chairmen in the state to stop further relating with the incumbent Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Fatai Akinade Akinbade.
An authoritative source within the party informed the medium that the party executive reportedly directed the council chairmen to support the embattled senator with all resources at their disposal with a view to awarding cheap victory to him.
OSUN DEFENDER investigation also revealed that all arrangements have been put in place by the party executives in the state to put all party machinery in motion in order to boost Omisore’s chances during the party primaries, through which the party had hoped to pick all its candidates ahead of the fast-approaching general elections.
The medium also gathered that the council chairmen were specifically warned to steer clear of the SSG if indeed they all desire to cling on to their plum appointments inspite of the Appeal Court ’s ruling, which had nullified their elections early last month.
The party’s decision to render Akinbade politically impotent was said to have been borne out of the ambition of some of the party chieftains, who are aspiring to serve as Omisore’s running-mate, an aspiration that cannot materialize as most of those eyeing the deputy governorship ticket hail from the same senatorial district with the SSG.
Impeccable sources further confirmed to the medium that all the contenders are ready to go the extra mile to warm their ways into Omisore’s heart and are therefore engaged in a rat-race to outsmart one another to clinch the party’s deputy governorship ticket.
A source within the party hierarchy revealed to the medium in confidence that the party hierarchy in the state has indirectly endorsed the embattled senator to the disadvantage of other aspirants who had also obtained the party’s governorship tickets.
It would be recalled that Akinbade, a former state chairman of the party in the state was the first of all the party gubernatorial aspirants to obtain the expression of intent form without the state executives raising a finger to motivate him or any of his supporters when he went to submit his form at the party secretariat along Iwo road in Osogbo, the state capital.
However, days before Omisore came to Osogbo to submit his own form, the party executive in the state had reportedly ordered all the council chairmen to mobilize party supporters and ensure their transportation to the party secretariat.
The council chairmen on their part had even gone an extra mile to do the party’s bidding as all of them chartered numerous buses to accompany Omisore to the party secretariat, while the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Ademola Razak was on hand to personally hand the form over to the embattled senator, unlike what obtained in the past, when some of the party officials were delegated to attend to the aspirants.
The party headquarters in Abuja had recently referred the state chapter’s action of selling forms as an illegality which must be stopped, while the party executives in the state had turned deaf ears to the headquarters’ directives.
Omisore in his own case has two battles to fight simultaneously as his election into the senate was last Thursday quashed by the Court of Appeal that sat in Ibadan , while the court ordered that a fresh election be conducted within 60 days coupled with his gubernatorial ambition
By shina abubakar