Osun Election: Our Agreement With Omisore – Oshiomhole
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has emphatically said that the party did not offer Senator Iyiola Omisore any financial inducement to garner his support during the rerun election conducted on Thursday, adding that the former Deputy governor never even made any demand.
Oshiomhole also gave reasons why the party disqualified the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Aisha Jummai Alhassan from taking part in the contest for the governorship elections primary in Taraba state, saying that her loyalty to the party could not be guaranteed.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, Oshomhole said the party has given Senator Omisore the opportunity to sponsor candidates to contest elections on the APC platform, stressing however that those saying the APC offered him financial inducement was out of it.
He diaclosed “I said we had a negotiation and had a deal that has to do with the governance of Osun State. I didn’t go with money and I don’t have money to give to anybody. He didn’t ask and there was no basis for him to ask.
“The word automatic ticket has meaning. Having regards to the provisions of electoral acts which makes primary mandatory, can you at the same time talk of the automatic ticket?
“Even when I spoke to our National Assembly members, it is not that I don’t know that word exist, but I simply didn’t find it useful and never used it.
“We agreed that he will have an opportunity for him to contest for a seat on APC platform. Not just for senate or House of Representatives, but also for house of assembly. That is why I said we spoke about the immediate which is the Osun election and going forward.”
The APC Chairman said further that “Both the APC and the PDP recognizes that we needed to do business with the other minority parties that participated in the election and it wasn’t difficult to understand who to do business with if you want to influence the outcome of the election.
“It was clear that the SDP was largely in control of those areas. If you want to do a Coalition, you identify the leaders who have influence and enter into negotiation.
Why PDP was shouting in the morning, that they were going to challenge the rerun their leader went to Senator Omisore to persuade him to negotiate a possible working arrangement.