SaharaReporters can authoritatively report that a meeting between the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the governorship aspirant of Social Democratic Party (SDP) , Iyiola Omisore, has been scheduled for Tuesday at an undisclosed venue in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
According to a source close to the party, who preferred not to be named, the arrangement has been perfected to strike a deal with Omisore to enable its candidate, Isiaka Oyetola, win in the rerun poll slated for Thursday.
He said a ministerial position would be offered to Omisore at the meeting and possibly prepare the political ground for him as Governor in the next election in the state.
He maintained that the situation in Osun had shown that Governor Rauf Aregbesola is not on ground, adding that what broke the camel's back was the refusal of the Governor to release money to the delegates at various levels in the state, despite what the party had mobilised for the state.
He pointed out that Omisore’s grudges with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were about the leadership of the party in the state, noting that Omisore kept faith with the party when others left to pitch tents with other parties.
According to the source, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, late Isiaka Adeleke and other active members of the party defected to the APC and therefore depleted the fortunes of the party.
The source revealed that Omisore would not work with PDP, irrespective of whatever he is offered.
The former Deputy Governor had debunked the reports that he had agreed to work with the PDP with the view to ensuring its victory in the rerun poll.
He said the two parties had been talking to him, but he had given conditions for his support to any party.
Senate President Bukola Saraki announced on Monday via his twitter handle that his party was in talks with Omisore and that he had agreed with them.
The Osun governorship election was declared inconclusive when the candidate of the PDP's Ademola Adeleke scored 254,698 votes to beat APC's Oyetola, who polled 254,345 votes. INEC insisted Adeleke could not be declared the winner because the number of votes cancelled — 3,498 — was higher than the 353-vote margin with which the PDP candidate defeated APC.