Osun Election: Omisore Finally Concedes Defeat, Declined to Congratulate Aregbesola
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore, has conceded defeat to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who was declared winner of last Saturday’s election in Osun State.
Reflecting on the outcome of the election through his media aide, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, the PDP governorship candidate said: “We would not be deterred because of the development. What we lost is the Osun State governorship election; we did not lose lives. We thank the Lord for everything.
“In all situations, I will continue to give glory to the Lord because He knows better than us and He alone has answers to all questions.”
Omisore, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), also congratulated the people of Osun State and expressed his commitment to his party and the state.
“Falling down is not new in politics, rising up is the strength of a good leader. We shall bounce back. Congratulations to the people of Osun State because we all won,” he added.
Omisore, however, declined to congratulate Aregbesola.
His refusal to congratulate the governor may not be unconnected to his claim that he was cheated in the election.
Omisore was reported to have said his defeat was due to the damage done to him and his party by Ambassador Rufus Akeju, a former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state.
Omisore in his post-election statement had noted: ‘’We had a situation where a clearly partisan REC had opened the entire electoral system to our opponent from registration stage through data storage to personnel loading. Before he left, he already did a lot of harm in the system that would take years to rectify’.”
But the APC spokesman Kunle Oyatomi said: “To accuse INEC and Akeju especially is the hallmark of a man in delusional stupor. It means he has not been able to climb down from his high horse of living a lie.”
The APC spokesman stressed that Omisore lost fair and square because the people rejected him for his notoriety as an individual disposed to violence.
Oyatomi also noted that he Omisore offered nothing to the people except to promise the destruction of everything the people were enjoying from Aregbesola’s administration, saying he presented himself to the people as a destroyer, not a builder and in the process he instilled fears in the heart of Osun people.
He alleged that “in spite of all the security apparatus of the Nigerian state put at his disposal and that of the PDP in Osun by President Goodluck Jonathan; and in spite of all the terrorist marksmen from Bayelsa State brought to Osun by Mujajid Dokubo-Asari and Tompolo; and the army of thugs within the state available to Omisore and the PDP, they could neither persuade, nor intimidate the good people of Osun to vote for them to win.”
Oyatomi further stressed that he hoped the committee Omisore set up to find out why he lost the election will detect the fraud and the lie in which they had lived, deluding themselves that Aregbesola was ‘unpopular’ in the state.
He pointed out that Omisore himself knew at that critical moment he was about to cast his vote that the odds were against him.
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