The candidate of the Social Democratic Party for the last governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has kicked against his suspension by pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere.
Omisore stated his position in a statement he personally signed on Tuesday.
Afenifere had on Tuesday after its meeting in Akure, Ondo State suspended Omisore for acting against its position by supporting the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola.
But defending himself, Omisole said his position was that of the SDP and not a personal one.
He said: “It was the Osun Social Democratic Party (SDP) that passed a resolution for a coalition agreement with the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is the party’s supremacy in decision making.
“The Afenifere’s action is at variance to the reality on the ground as far as the party politics in Osun State is concerned.
“I’m unaware of the pan-Yoruba group’s directives because we also have bonafide, notable and active APC members in Afenifere.
“The interest of Osun SDP was the development of the state, and of the two parties involved in the rerun election, it was the APC that agreed to implement the SDP’s manifestos, the reason the decision was made.
“Inasmuch as I’m a member of Afenifere, SDP members in Osun State are not necessarily members of Afenifere. Osun politics is local and I acted in consonance with the position and the will of Osun SDP.
“However, I’m yet to be informed on the so-called Afenifere’s suspension, which as far as I’m concerned bypassed the principle of fair hearing.”