Senate President Bukola Saraki met with Iyiola Omisore, governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the Osun governorship election, on Monday.
Following the declaration of the Saturday’s Osun gubernatorial election as inconclusive and the scheduling of re-run on 27 September by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC , the senate president and presidential aspirant for the forthcoming 2019 presidential election, Bukola Saraki stormed the home of Sen. Iyiola Omisore of SPD today to talk things out about the re-run.
The outcome of the meeting was disclosed by Saraki who tweeted that both parties have agreed to work together.
‘I thank Sen. Iyiola Omisore for the warm reception he and his people gave me and members of my entourage in Ile-Ife today. We have agreed to work together because our goals are the same. We all want good governance in Osun State.
Over the next 24 hours, we will work out the details. Our discussion will definitely be useful for the growth of democracy in our country; the development of Osun State and its people; as well as for future engagements among political players.
From now on, it will be a win-win situation for the State of the Living Spring and Nigeria, in general’. he tweeted.
The meeting took place 24 hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the election inconclusive.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had cried foul, asking INEC to declare Ademola Adeleke, its candidate, who secured the highest votes in the election as the winner.
In Saraki’s delegation to the SDP chieftain were Abiodun Olujimi, a senator from Ekiti state, and Doyin Okupe, director of media of Saraki’s presidential campaign.
A legislative source told TheCable that the meeting was part of the strategy to defeat the All progressives Congress (APC) in the rerun election scheduled for Thursday.
“Omisore has agreed to work together with Adeleke in the interest of The people of Osun state and Nigeria,” the source said.
Adeleke had polled 254,699, while his closest challenger, Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had 254,345 votes.
With 128,049 votes, Omisore placed a distant third.
Thursday has been fixed for a rerun election in seven polling units across four local government areas — Orolu, Ife north, Ife south and Osogbo.
Although all the 48 political parties will partake in the exercise, the contest is between Adeleke and Oyetola, and Ife is a stronghold of Omisore.