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    I Can't Be Omisore’s Running Mate Again – Ex-Osun Speaker

    A former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Adejare Bello, says under no circumstance will he run on a joint governorship ticket with the embattled Senator Iyiola Omisore.

    Bello, who was Omisore’s running mate in the August 9, 2014, governorship election in the state, however, said he was not faulting Omisore over incompetence.

    He said, “Yes, I can contest with any other person but definitely not with him (Omisore) .If the opportunity presents itself that I should be Omisore’s running mate again, I will decline.”

    In an interview with an online medium, The Controversy, Bello disclosed that he had certain irreconcilable differences with Omisore.

    The former speaker expressed the fears that these unresolved differences might affect governance if both of them were picked to be the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates.

    Bello said, “In recent times, we have had cause to differ on a number of issues and that will continue even if we win the election as governor and deputy governor.

    “I can’t work with a governor that would frustrate me and render me useless. I know certain things he did in the recent past against me and the ones I have done against him that none of us will forget in a hurry and I won’t want the Baba (Bisi) Akande and Omisore tangle in power.

    According to him, the state will need a governor and deputy that are on good terms and not rivals.

    Answering questions on some of the differences between him and Omisore, Bello explained that their disagreement stemmed from Omisore’s refusal to be amenable to the choice of Mr. Soji Adagunodo as the state chairman of the PDP.

    He said that with prominent party members supporting Adagunodo, Omisore allegedly started calling the leaders unprintable names.

    “But his desperation gave us the needed tonic that emboldened us to ensure the emergence and triumph of Adagunodo,” he said.

    Bello, however, expressed optimism that the PDP would eventually come out stronger from the protracted crises engulfing it.

    He said he believed that “it would not be difficult to reconcile our differences towards leaving a worthy legacy for the upcoming generation.”
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