Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, Chairman, Strategy and Mobilisation, Social Democratic Party (SDP), South-West zone, on Wednesday said that it was not feasible for the party to support the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Osun governorship re-run election.
Pearse expressed the view in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos while reacting to advances from the APC and PDP for SDP’s support, to enable them to win the Osun re-run election on Thursday.
“Don’t forget we have an agreement at the national level; the MoU we signed with 35 other parties to jointly fight the 2019 elections and other elections, and oust APC administration. “I don’t see why the SDP will align itself with an administration that has failed the nation.
We will not support APC and I will be shocked and be very disappointed if our party has anything to do with APC in Osun,” Pearse said. On whether the party’s position on the matter had been discussed at the national level, the SDP chieftain said that the position of the party’s national leaders was to talk with PDP.
He said that the party would actualise its national agreement with the PDP and others to work together. Pearse, a university teacher, condemned the APC’s failure to demonstrate clear ideology on restructuring, payment of workers’ salary and other welfare packages for Nigerians. NAN reports that PDP and APC chiefs had claimed to have secured the support of Iyiola Omisore, who came third in the Sept. 22 governorship election in Osun.
The elections, contested by 48 political parties, was declared inconclusive by the electoral body on the ground that the margin of PDP’s victory was lesser than the number of cancelled votes in seven polling units. Ademola Adeleke of the PDP scored the highest with 254,698 votes ahead of Gboyega Oyetola of the APC, who polled 254,345, while Omisore, who hails from Ife Central Local Government Area, polled 128,049.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Daily Times had reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) said Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would suffer defeat in the Osun state governorship rerun election even if he was supported by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Iyiola Omisore.