By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
The Osun State political landscape was yesterday rocked with opinion polls projecting the two major candidates, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the APC and Senator Iyiola Omisore of the PDP leading in two different opinion polls.
While the survey handled by MRS one of the nation’s leading polling agencies put Aregbesola in clear lead among likely voters, the one projecting Omisore was purportedly conducted by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID. Aregbesola’s supporters were quick to pounce on the information to rubbish the poll pprojecting Omisore which was being circulated on social media as a fabrication as they claimed that the USAID, a development agency, is not known to be into poll research.
“I worked for the US government for more than ten years and I can clearly tell you that what is being circulated on social media is hogwash,” one Aregbesola canvasser said yesterday.
In the poll released by TNS-MRS, a member of the Gallup International, the APC and its candidate were projected to be leading by as much as 73% in terms of voters support.
“The APC continues to dominate the political landscape in Osun State judging by its performance on all key indicators evaluated: it scored highest and also increased in rating on first mention, sympathy, and voting intention,” the research firm said in its final report on the poll conducted between June and the third week of July.
Omisore was accredited with 19% of the votes according to the polling report made available to the press yesterday.
According to the study, the incumbent governor, Rauf Aregbesola, is the candidate of choice by Osun voters with a 73% lead over other candidates. This is a clear indication that the choice of Osun voters in the next governorship race is Governor Rauf Aregebsola. Meanwhile, Senator Iyiola Omisore of the PDP comes a far distant second, polling 19% representing a 2% decline from the earlier survey.
“The incumbent (Governor Rauf Aregbesola) remains (the) main voting choice. Voting choice for Senator Omisore declined by 2% and seem not to pose a threat to the incumbent’s chances of re-election as he remains firmly ahead of the race,” TSN-RMS said in its report.