*DPP GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE STEPS DOWN FOR OMISORE
September 15, 2018 Seyi Gesinde
THE governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore has taken his campaign to Ede, the hometown of his People Democratic Party (PDP) contender, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
Omisore, and his campaign train, led by a national leader of the party, Dr Yemi Farounbi, earlier before addressing a mammoth crowd, who had awaited his arrival late on Friday in Ede, went in to pay homage to Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal, who warmly received them in his palace, in company of Baales across the town, his palace chiefs and other subjects.
Oba Lawal, who said he was glad to have Omisore in his palace, said he considered him a son and not a visitor, because of the relationship he said Omisore had personally built with himself, the palace and people in his domain.
The monarch recalled Omisore’s contributions to the development of Ede and his willingness to help on occasions he had the opportunity to do so, as he also lauded him on his philanthropy, saying, “God recognises good deeds, and He rewards good efforts accordingly.
He admonished Omisore, the Akinrogun of Ede, to continue with his good works, and while giving his royal blessings, he beseeched God to grant Omisore his desire to be the next Osun State governor, as according to him “it is only God who enthrones and answers prayers. The way of God is not the way of man, hence, no one can acclaim glory to himself on the success of others, even if such person has offered a helping hand. I pray God will grant your desire to be the next governor of Osun State.”
In his response, Omisore thanked Oba Lawal for his kind gesture, fatherly role and prayers, while he also promised to fulfil his campaign promises and live up to expectation as the state governor, saying, he had been instrumental to developments in the state and Ede most especially, as he asked the people to be prepared to vote SDP to victory in the coming election, while he promised to repair the Ede road by December 2018 if voted in as the state governor of the state.
He recalled a water project he said he facilitated to the town in 1980, which he said he followed up as a senator after it was neglected for long, which he said had also suffered neglect from the outgoing All Progressive Congress (APC) government in the state, but which he said he would take care of as a governor in the state, while also promising to pay outstanding workers salaries and pensioners arrears.
Earlier, Farounbi in his address at the palace, extolled Omisore’s virtues, calling him a friend of the people of Osun State, who he said was always willing to offer help, which he said was the situation when he was a deputy governor in the state and as the appropriation committee chairman in the Senate.
Farounbi, a former chairman of SDP in the state in 1991, said, Omisore, being a consultant to international financial institutions which included the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), African Development Bank (AFDB) and as an engineer, he would be able to facilitate funding to develop projects in the state.
He said then, in 1991, as SDP chairman, the same way he brought Omisore to the palace was how he led the late Senator Isaka Adeleke to the palace of Timi of Ede, before going to the polls, where he later won to become the Osun State governor, saying, “same way, Omisore and SDP already used to winning will win the coming September 22 governorship election.”
Also at the Ede campaign rally, a governorship candidate of Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Prince Ayedeji Eniola Oni, withdrew his candidature for Omisore, saying he was stepping down to support Omisore, who he considered to be the best of all the 48 candidates passed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to participate in the September 22 governorship election.
According to him, “I look at Omisore as a lover of youths, someone who the youths can follow, and who has a plan for them. Omisore is the only one who can do it as a governor and we shouldn’t give it to a wrong person, so, for this reason, I am stepping down for him, while I encourage all my supporters in the state for the coming election to vote for Omisore.”
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