The former deputy governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Omisore picked up the membership card of the ruling party at his polling unit in Ile-Ife today Monday, February 15.
Omisore served as deputy governor from 1999 to 2003 under Adebisi Akande and later as a member of the Nigerian senate for Osun East from 2003 to 2009.
He had contested the 2018 governorship poll on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) but came a distant third in the inconclusive election.
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He later threw his weight behind the APC at the re-run of the governorship election after Gboyega Oyetola, the APC’s candidate, lost to Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by 353 votes.
Oyetola later won the rerun by 462 votes and was declared winner amidst reported anomalies by several local and international observers in some polling units.
Omisore has since then been one of the major policymakers in Mr Oyetola’s government, arguing that the ruling party agreed to adopt his manifestos.
He was received into the party by the deputy governor of the state, Benedict Alabi and the party’s state’s chairman, Gboyega Famodun.