By Gbenga Olarinoye, Osogbo
Former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, yesterday, won the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ticket for the August 9 gubernatorial election. The exercise, which commenced at about 12 noon and ended two hours later, had 1,285 delegates spread across the 30 local government areas of the state and the Area Office, Modakeke. At the primaries, held under tight security at GMT Hotel, Osogbo, Omisore polled 1,128 out of total votes of 1,186 to defeat two other aspirants.
The two other aspirants, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi and Hon. Wole Oke, scored 45 and five respectively while 18 votes were voided. Senator Isiaka Adeleke, the fourth aspirant, earlier announced his boycott of the primaries, citing alleged irregularities during the party’s ward congresses on Wednesday. Announcing the results, the chairman of the five-member Osun PDP governorship primaries, Alhaji Adamu Aliero, said though 1,380 delegates comprising statutory and ad hoc delegates were expected to participate, only 1, 280 showed up for accreditation. In his acceptance speech, Omisore stated that Osun deserved more than it is getting from All Progressive Congress, APC, government in the state, stressing the need for all members of the PDP to unite and wrestle power for the party.
He commended the Osun State Working Committee of the party for its transparency in the organisation of the primaries and expressed his belief in the ability of the PDP to win the August 9 governorship poll.