The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun State, has denounced Senator Iyiola Omisore over his recent pronouncement of membership of the party.
The leadership of the party in the state, said it was yet to receive an expression of interest to join from Omisore.
State Secretary of the party, Elder Femi Awe, in a telephone interview with DAILY POST explained that the party has no record of Senator Omisore as card carrying member of the party.
He said: “Well, in his usual style and way of doing things, he has been announcing to whoever cares to listen that he has joined our party.
“In actual fact, Omisore has not personally or officially met the party leadership to express his interest of becoming a member.
“We have a laid down procedure and rules in which an intending member must follow, which he has not done, not to talk of submitting letter of intent to contest on our platform”, Awe posited.
Meanwhile, a leading aspirant under the banner of SDP in the state, Chief Yemisi Oladeji has carpeted Omisore over his declaration.
Oladeji, in a statement on Sunday said the former Deputy Governor is not more than a “friend of SDP” in the state,l.
“This is just a wishful thinking brought about by certain elements trying to create confusion in the peaceful process of our party’s primaries. From records available to us, Senator Omisore is not a member of SDP in Osun.
“I advise Chief Omisore to first and foremost, properly approach the party to regularise his membership, and until that is done, he is not a member of our party.
“I would like to sound a note of warning to Omisore that if he felt the primary process in PDP is rigorous, he should wait and see a far more challenging one in SDP. If he opts for the membership of SDP and presents himself as a governorship candidate.
“I want to assure him that I will give him a good and competitive run, putting in all that it will legitimately require to clinch my party’s ticket for the poll.
“Also, we need to drum it loud and clear to the ears of Omisore’s supporters that they should not think we will fall for their delusional belief that Omisore has what it takes to win the governorship poll on any platform.
“We need to remind them that even on PDP platform, Omisore lost miserably to Aregbesola in 2014, even in spite of the backing of the federal government and all its security apparatuses. All those factors that guarantee electoral victory are no longer within the beck and call of Otunba Omisore.
“On behalf of other aspirants on the platform of SDP, we demand free and transparent primary. Since we may end up having another aspirant bringing into the fold baggage of corruption cases, damaged reputation and questionable personality, I have resolved to give all that it legitimately takes to win SDP governorship ticket and fly our party’s flag in the September 22, 2018 poll.”