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Governorship aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next year's poll in Osun State have denied claim by the camp of Senator Iyiola Omisore that eight governorship aspirants had dropped their intentions to contest and join the camp of the former deputy governor.
In separate statements issued by the Director of Media; Mr. Yemi Giwa and Ayo Olokun both media aides to Hon. Wole Oke and Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi respectively, the aspirants said the claim was untrue, insisting that no one has stepped down for Omisore among aspirants on the platform of PDP.
Recently, the Director of Media and Strategy of Omisore Campaign Organisation, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, was reported to have said that about eight governorship aspirants had agreed to step down for the candidature of Omisore because of their belief in his capability to win the state's governorship election next year.
Giwa, in his statement issued on behalf of Oke, said there are only four aspirants eyeing the governorship seat of Osun State within PDP in the state; they are: Hon. Oluwole Oke, former Chairman House Committee on Defence, Senator Olasunkanmi Rasheed Akinlabi, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and erstwhile Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade.
“Till today, no other person within PDP in the state apart from the four aforementioned has signified his or her intention to run for the state number one seat. One cannot but wonder then where Omisore got eight imaginary aspirants that have stepped down for him; it is delusions of grandeur and nothing more.
“It is always unhelpful to feed the public with false information because the wisdom in Yoruba proverb which says “a person who plants 20 yam sets but claims 40, will harvest 20 lies after he might have exhausted the real tubers.
“Till date, it is only Akinlabi and Oke that have collected the said form; could it have meant that Omisore was talking in parable as he might be contemplating stepping down for other aspirants.
“What kind of mathematics is that where eight aspirants are stepping down out of four aspirants! It is a logic upside down.”
Similarly, in a statement signed by Ayo Olokun on behalf of SOAR campaign organization, he appealed to journalists to always cross check their facts before going to press.
He insisted that the claim by Odeyemi was incorrect and reinstated the resolve of Olasunkanmi to contest next year's poll on the platform of PDP and called for the support from members of the party to actualise his dream of ruling the state.