Tension In Ile-Ife As Omisore Campaigns For Buhari, APC Candidates

Few days to the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, tension is building up in Ile-Ife , Osun State especially among political bigwigs in the area following the decision of the former gubernatorial candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the September 22nd 2018 governorship election in the state, Senator Christopher Iyiola Omisore canvassing for votes for President Muhammadu Buhari and APC candidates.
It would be recalled that the fresh romance between Senator Iyiola Omisore, SDP governorship candidate and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) greatly assisted the latter to win rerun governorship election in Ife land.
Omisore, no doubt remain a strong political figure in the entire Ile-Ife and its environs and since 2011, winning an election in the area without Omisore has been a herculean task for political parties.
The ruling party, APC lost the State Assembly seat in Ife East State Constituency and Ife Federal Constituency comprises of Ife Central, Ife North, Ife South and Ife East to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when Omisore was in the party.
By the time Omisore moved to Social Democratic Party (SDP) as a result of leadership crisis rocking PDP, the people of Ile Ife also embraced his platform being their illustrious son in the political arena in the area and won majority of over 120,000 votes casted for SDP in the governorship election from Ife area.
To be precise, in Ife Central Local Government Council alone, Senator Iyiola Omisore had over 20,000 votes.
However, Omisore’s decision joining the campaign train of President Muhammadu Buhari and campaigning for the President and all APC candidates has raised tension among the political figures in the area especially involving Professor Wale Oladipo, former National Secretary of PDP, Hon. Albert Adeogun, a member of House of Representatives representing Ife and Deputy Governorship Candidate in the September 22nd Governorship election in Osun as well as former Minister for Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode among others.
Oladipo, Adeogun, Fani-Kayode and others sees Omisore canvassing for votes for President Muhammadu Buhari and APC candidates as dangerous threat for PDP and working seriously to move against him so as not to record defeat for their party.
In most of the places visited by APC in Ife land, Omisore always mounted political podium to sell President Muhammadu Buhari and all APC candidates to people, urging them to forget about the past disagreement he had with some APC leaders including the Chief Adebisi Akande, the pioneer National Chairman of APC and former Governor under who Omisore served as deputy before they fell apart.
The development has raised tension in the area as the likes of Oladipo, Adeogun, Fani-Kayode, Senator Ademola Adeleke, PDP gubernatorial candidate and others have also swung into action embarking on door-to-door mobilization of people, holding meetings and talks with professionals, artisans farmers and traders on why they should vote APC in the coming election.


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