The pan – Yoruba socio – cultural and socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Tuesday, in Akure, the Ondo State capital, announced the suspension of the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the last governorship election in Osun State and member of the group, Iyiola Omisore, for one year only.
Omisore allegedly aligned with the All Progressives Congress, APC, to win the run – off election in the Ife South and North Local Government Areas of Osun State.
His action was said to have gone against the position of his party, the SDP, and the Afenifere.
His suspension was part of the decisions taken at the monthly meeting of the Afenifere, held at the residence of its leader, Reuben Fasoranti.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, a chieftain of the group, Korede Duyile, said Omisore allegedly went against the position of the Afenifere during the last governorship election in Osun State.
The group had earlier decided not to support the APC at the Osun governorship and the forthcoming general elections.
The communique read, “The meeting took a decision to suspend Senator Iyiola Omisore for one year for violating Afenifere’s directive which affected the outcome of the Osun election”.
The governorship candidate of the SDP in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, in a reaction via text sms said his decision to work for the APC in the rerun governorship election in the state was in consonance with the position of the SDP in the state.
He slammed the one-year suspension given him by the Afenifere, stating that the Yoruba socio-cultural group did not give him any directive concerning the poll.
He said although he had not been informed of the suspension, stressing that he acted based on the resolution of the Osun State chapter of the SDP on whose platform he contested.
He said, “Acting at variance? Osun SDP passed a resolution to coalesce with the APC. Osun SDP members are not affiliate of Afenifere. Politics is local, so I acted in consonance with the position and will of Osun SDP.
“I’m yet to be informed, (of the suspension) if so, Afenifere bypassed principle of fair hearing. I was not given any directives; it might be an oversight on Afenifere’ s part or assumptions”.
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and APC’s leaders had stormed the residence of Omisore immediately after the first ballot held on September 22 but the APC mounted a serious pressure on Omisore to support the party’s candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.
The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole; Governors of Oyo, Ogun, Kano and the then Ekiti State governor elect, Kayode Fayemi, were sent by President Muhammadu to discuss with the former Osun State deputy governor.