The Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Osun on Monday said Sen. Iyiola Omisore was yet to formalise his membership with the party in the state.
Chairman of the party in the state, Ademola Ishola, who disclosed this at a news conference in Osogbo, said Omisore’s governorship ambition was not known to the party.
Omisore had on May 20, announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to SDP, and said he would use the platform to contest the Sept. 22 governorship election in the state.
He had claimed that PDP in Osun was in disarray and likely to remain in prolonged political crisis.
But, Ishola said at the conference that Omisore was yet to formalise his membership status with the party in the state.
He said that Omisore had neither visited the party’s secretariat nor purchased his “Expression of Interest form’’.
“Since Omisore defected to SDP, we have not seen him in our party secretariat; rather than visiting us at the secretariat in the state, he was busy influencing people in Abuja,” Ishola said.
He stated that only three persons had shown interest to contest the governorship election on the platform of SDP.
He gave the names of the aspirants as Kolawole Adedeji, Abdulwakeel Abdulwahab and Kehinde Nurudeen.
Ishola said that only the listed aspirants were recognised by the party, adding that Omisore’s ambition was not known to SDP.
He disclosed that the nomination form of the party was being sold at N5 million.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Omisore, a former deputy governor in the state, on Friday, picked his nomination and expression of interest form at the SDP National Secretariat in Abuja.