This piece examines the circumstances that led to the absence of these two aspirants on the election day even though they had won primary elections in their respective political parties and names subsequently appeared on the ballot papers.
Photo of Omisore and Agbasimalo
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On the election days, other candidates had come to the polling units to cast votes, taken pictures to indicate the physical presence, and probably shared their thoughts with the newsmen about the election.
But, former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and the Labour Party Governorship Candidate in the inconclusive Anambra election, Obiora Agbasimalo were conspicuously absent at their respective polling units for one reason or the other.
Why Omisore Was Absent on his senatorial election day in 2003?
He had won the senatorial election for his first term in 2003 while he was detained in Agodi Prison, Ibadan, in connection with the murder of the former attorney general of the federation and justice minister, Bola Ige.
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Mr. Omisore was detained for almost two years and won his senatorial election while in Agodi prison, Ibadan, Oyo State.
His victory in the election at that time had created some controversy as he was said to have even won resoundingly in Chief Bola Ige’s constituency of Esa Oke and Ilesa. He was in the Senate two times between 2003 and 2011.
Omisore’s murder trial at Ibadan was equally controversial as the case was handled by no fewer than three judges before he was discharged.
Why Obiora Agbasimalo Was Absent on his gubernatorial election day?
39-year old Agbasimalo, the Labour Party guber candidate in the Anambra governorship election was not seen at his polling unit on Saturday because he was abducted barely two months to the election.
Till the exercise came into inconclusive by INEC on Saturday, November 6, his whereabouts are yet to know!
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According to the report, the seasoned former banker and philanthropist have been kidnapped since September 18 on his way to a campaign ground within the State Capital, Awka.
His political travails began after emerging as the governorship candidate for the party in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra. The party's primary that produced him had greeted with a crisis.
The crisis threw up a faction in the party while one of the leading aspirants at the beginning of the governorship race, Nnamdi Nnoruka, was allegedly kidnapped by unknown persons and forced to withdraw from the contest.
However, Labour Party went on with the election despite Agbasimalo being missing. At the ground finale of the campaign on November 4, the party national chairman had asked electorates to vote for him as he denied merging or supporting the candidate of PDP, Valentine Ozigbo!
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