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Senator Omisore likely to determine the next governor of Osun

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Senator Omisore likely to determine the next governor of Osun

What you need to know

Senator Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who emerged in third place during the concluded gubernatorial elections in Osun State, has said he will support either of the leading candidates who is more likely to implement the SDP’s agenda.

Backstory
Senator Omisore has emerged as the unlikely determining factor in the gubernatorial elections in Osun State after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) refrained from declaring a winner of the elections due to a deadlock between the candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive’s Party (APC).

Both parties have courted him openly with Senate President Bukola Saraki pleading the PDP case and Kayode Fayemi, the incoming return Governor of Ekiti, making a case for the APC.

The PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, drew in a total of 254,698 votes while the APC candidate Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola had a total of 254,345 votes. Omisore, on the other hand, had a total of 128,049 votes representing about 17% of the voter share at the polls.

Why It Matters

The APC and PDP have both emerged as the leading competitors for the gubernatorial seat. However, if the results of Saturday’s elections are anything to go by, both candidates will need to draw in significant number of votes in order to surpass the other. This is where Omisore comes in; Omisore’s supporters will tend to vote for whoever he eventually decides to endorse. What makes Omisore even more relevant is that several of the polling units where elections are to hold are in Ife, where Omisore wields influence. Consequently, whoever ends up leading Osun State for the next four years will very likely be the candidate Omisore endorses.

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