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Osun Poll: Omisore picks PDP nomination form

20 March 2014, 16:11

Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has commenced the sales of nomination forms for Osun governorship election with two aspirants, Iyiola Omisore and Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, picking the forms.

Both candidates paid the sum of N10 million naira each to get the form and another one million naira each for Expression of Interest form.

The Osun governorship election is scheduled to hold on August 9, while the PDP primaries for aspirants will hold on April 5.

Fadipe Felix, picked the form on behalf of Omisore while Olasunkanmi personally picked the form at the party’s national secretariat.

Commenting on the issue of a consensus candidate, Olasunkanmi said that it would not be a bad idea, but warned the  party leaders against picking one that would be controversial.

He further advised that a template should be adopted for picking a consensus candidate, stressing that all aspirants must agree to such arrangement.

He added that the eventual consensus candidate must be a loyal and financial member of the party who must have contributed to its growth over the years.

Olasunkanmi added that the candidate must also have a robust educational qualification, experience and impeccable character.

He expressed confidence in the ability of the PDP leadership to ensure a level playing ground for all aspirants in the forthcoming Osun state governorship election.

The aspirant maintained that if elected as governor of the state, he would focus on education and employment generation.

"Unemployment is a time bomb that any serious aspirant must tackle head on. I will pay attention to skills acquisition."

He also appealed to INEC and other security agencies to ensure effective monitoring of Osun state during the election.

On reports that a former governor of the state, Isiaka Adeleke, had joined the governorship race in the state, Olasunkanmi described it as a rumour.

"He is one of the leaders I first consulted. He gave me his blessing and said he wanted to go to the Senate. He is an honourable man and he gave me his word.

"Even people from his constituency also told me he is not contesting for governorship.’’

He, however, described the merger and reclassification of schools in Osun as one of the calamities brought to the state by the incumbent governor, Rauf Aregbesola.

"Aregbesola brought religious issues into our politics in Osun, when I take over, we will resolve the issue of religious division.’’

According to him, the governor spent the first two years of his tenure arguing over the nomenclature of the state, whether it should be Osun state or state of Osun.

"How does that affect the development of the state, you cannot bring radicalism into the lives of our children.

"When I take over, I will revisit the reclassification of schools, because Osun state must not be different.’’

 - NAN

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