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Opinion: 2 Things APC Can't Do For Omisore After His Defection

Mr. Christopher Iyiola Omisore must be ready to cross his mind against some expectations in the All Progresives Congress, his new political camp. Yesterday he officially decamped from the SDP to the APC two years after the last governorship election in Osun State.

His defection became formal after he had participated in the revalidation exercise being conducted by the APC across the federation for its members. And by registering himself as a member of the party, Mr. Omisore has joined the All Progresives Congress.

He is not really new in the APC. He contributed meaningfully to the success of the APC in the 2018 gubernatorial election. He himself was a candidate in the election, but he ended up working for the APC.

Initially, Mr. Omisore wanted to contest for the seat of the governor on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), but he couldn't get the ticket as the party decided to zone its ticket to Osun West Senatorial District. Meanwhile, Omisore is from Osun East district (also known as Ife-Ijesa).

Seeing that he stood no chance to pick up the ticket of the PDP and with no hope in the APC, Mr. Omisore looked for a third force. And he bargained with the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). He was welcomed into the struggling party and given the ticket.

The SDP was not successful in the election as it came far third behind the APC and the PDP. Yet Omisore was able to achieve one thing: he made his own mark by giving his last consent to the APC in the rerun after the election had been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

His alignment with the APC had shown that he would be a part of the party one day because all indications pointed to one thing: he wouldn't return to the People's Democratic Party (PDP) while Mr. Ademola Adeleke remains the leader of the party in the state.

Mr. Omisore shouldn't expect the APC to make him the leader of the party. This can't be possible logically. The fact that Omisore helped the party in 2018 doesn't mean he has become become the leader if the APC in the state.

The All Progresives Congress has its leaders in the state. First and foremost, the incumbent governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola is a confirmed APC leader in the state. His position as the top ranking office holder made him the leader of the party in the state. So, there is no way Omisore can bypass the state governor.

Secondly, the immediate past governor of the state Mr. Rauf Aregbesola remains a bulwark behind the APC in the state. He brought progressive party to the state and he was instrumental to the defeat of the PDP in 2011, 2014 and 2018. Even he did his best for the APC in the 2019 general elections.

Rauf Aregbesola is from Ife-Ijesa Senatorial District and as a minister of the federal republic of Nigeria, he is the leader of the APC in that axis of the state. Hence, Omisore shouldn't expect himself to be the APC leader at all.

The second expectation that Omisore should forget right now is the 2022 gubernatorial election. Of course, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola is on his first term and he doesn't have much issue with the leadership of the party, even at the national level. Hence, there is a very high probability that he would have the APC ticket in 2022.

The APC can't at this moment offer Mr. Omisore any ticket. And once Oyetola finishes his second term, power will go to Osun West Senatorial District. That means Omisore will have to wait for 12 more years.

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