The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has officially distanced itself from the purported alliance made by its gubernatorial candidate in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore with the All Progressives Congress ( APC).
The national leadership of the party released a statement refuting any involvement or coalition with the All Progressives Congress, APC. In a press release made public, SDP noted that:
“The Social Democratic Party (SDP) would like to make it categorically clear that the National Leadership of the party was not part of the recent developments involving our party’s gubernatorial candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore of Osun State, and the conclusions arrived at,” read the statement.
“We remain irrevocably committed to serving the Nigerian people on the basis of the vision, principles and goals of social democracy which underlie the philosophy of our great party, the SDP.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Omisore had announced his readiness to work with the APC ahead of the rerun, saying the decision was made “after due consultations with the party leadership and members in all the 30 local government areas of Osun State”.
He said APC had agreed to adopt SDP’s manifestos in “forming a coalition government with SDP in Osun State”.
Iyiola Omisore, the gubernatorial candidate of the SPD in Osun State has been under pressure from both the People’s Democratic Party and the all Progressives Congress after both parties emerged first and second in the Osun State gubernatorial election that was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). A rerun election has been placed in about 8 local government council for the rerun election and both leading parties are in a dire need of support from the SDP.
Earlier, the APC has stated that it doesn’t need the support of the SPD, claiming to have the means to still win the election even if Omisore gave support to the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.