By Gbenga Olarinoye
FORMER Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.
He polled 123,485 votes to win the party’s governorship ticket after beating his two other challengers: Otunba Yemisi Oladeji, 1,802 votes; and Barrister Munrudeen Atanda, 1,637 votes.
The primary election was conducted in all the wards of the state and the results were collated in Osogbo by the Professor Rufus Alkali-chaired electoral panel. The process was observed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
After the exercise, the electoral panel chairman appreciated all party members for their cooperation in making the exercise crisis-free. He expressed optimism that the SDP would win the September 22 poll.
In his acceptance speech as the SDP candidate, Omisore said the exercise was keenly contested, adding that he was excited and humbled by his victory.
He said: “Our approach to governance shall not only be inclusive but also shall harness local capacity to bring the much needed hope for tomorrow to our citizens. We shall ensure fiscal responsibility, promote public sector performance, establish citizens-driven platforms for accountability.’’
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