the Pioneer Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Ademola Ishola have
resolved to vote for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential
candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Ishola in a statement in Osogbo on Thursday, February 14, 2016 disclosed
that foundation members of the party from all the 30 local governments met
at the Old Party Secretariat, Fakunle area, Osogbo on Wednesday, February
13 and resolved to vote en-mass for Atiku in the Saturday’s presidential
According to him, majority of SDP members and in particular old party
supporters had no pact with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the
state and were not involved in any coalition agreement with the ruling
He stated that the party was faced with a situation where some people who
were never part of the vision of SDP and those who lacked ideals of what
it stood for “garbage-in and garbage-out” of the party.
“For instance, former deputy-governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore and
his supporters came to our party in April last year and you will recollect
how they caused several trouble for us. He spent less than six months and
now he is out again. The crisis Omisore caused for us is yet to be fully
“We have decided to save our party in the state. We will support our
members who are contesting in the forthcoming election, but we have
directed all authentic members of SDP to vote for Atiku and for PDP where
we have no candidate.
“We resolved to do that because we are of the opinion that we cannot
continue like this. Killings, hungers, unemployment, nepotism and
suffering in our land cannot be allowed to continue. We have painfully
listened to Atiku and we feel very strongly that he will make a change.
“Today, Osun workers and retirees are being owed over 16 months salaries
and pensions. The effect of this can be seen everywhere in our state. We
need to kick APC out of the state and at the national level. Voting for
Atiku is the best option for us since our party was unable to resolve its
presidential candidate’s matter”, he stated.
Ishola called for peaceful polls, predicting a landslide victory for Atiku
in the state, adding that many people will vote for the presidential PDP