TORI News reported on Monday that the
national leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bukola Saraki, met with the candidate of the Social Democratic Party in last Saturday’s election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in a bid to persuade the former PDP member to transfer his supporters to PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke.
Omisore who was excited about the visit of the senate president, took to his Twitter page to share photos from the visit and wrote: "Thank you your excellency the senate president, senator @bukolasaraki for the visit, together we shall make Osun great again. #OsunDecides2018 #goodgovernanceinosunstate."
While speaking during the visit of a PDP presidential aspirant, to his home in Ile-Ife on Monday, Omisore, who also dumped the PDP after a disagreement over the party’s primary, said as a stakeholder in the state, he was always after a people-centred government.
Omisore said, “I have given my programmes to both the APC and the PDP. My programme is like this; payment of salaries and pensions. Good governance is what is important to me.
“Anyone between the two that will do that will get my support. I am passionate about Osun State and my interest is the welfare of the people of this state. I have told those sent to me. At the appropriate time, we will tell you where we are going.”
While also speaking to journalists after his meeting with Omisore, Saraki, that he (Omisore) had agreed in principle to support the PDP in the rerun of the election on Thursday.
He said, “We had a fruitful discussion with Senator Omisore. He used to be with us. And we believe he is helping us now. I am optimistic of a good outing for the PDP. After meeting with him, I am more optimistic now that with his support, the PDP will win. We are confident of a good outing. I am more confident now.
“I was hard on INEC because it declared the Osun poll inconclusive after doing a good job. The issue of vote-buying was on the front burner but that was reduced to the minimum as against what we witnessed during the Ekiti poll.
"At the end of the day, the poll was again declared inconclusive. That sort of took away all the commendations that should have gone the way of INEC.”