Iyiola Omisore

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Iyiola Omisore
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National Senator
In office
May 2003 – October 2009
Preceded by Moji Akinfenwa
Succeeded by Christopher Omoworare Babajide
Constituency Osun East
Personal details
Born (1957-09-15) 15 September 1957 (age 56)
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Profession Building Services Engineer, Politician
Website http://www.senatoriyiolaomisore.com

Iyiola Omisore, alias Otunba, is a Nigerian politician who served as deputy governor of Osun State from 1999–2003, and represented the People's Democratic Party (Nigeria) (PDP) as a member of the Nigerian Senate for Osun East from 2003–2009, when his election was annulled by an electoral appeal tribunal.[1]

Background

Iyiola Omisore was born on 15 September 1957. He gained a Master of Science (In view) from Brunel University, Uxbridge,((west london)), United Kingdom.[1]

Osun State Deputy Governor

Iyiola Omisore served as Deputy State Governor of Osun State from 1999 - 2003.[2]

First Senate term 2003-2007

Iyiola Omisore was elected to the Senate for the Osun East constituency in April 2003 running for the PDP, while still on trial.[1]

In August 2006, his father Oba Olajide Omisore, was crowned as the first Olu of Olode Town in Ife South Local Government Area of Osun State.[3] In September 2006, Senator Iyiola Omisore of the Senate Committee on Commerce was among the Nigerian officials at the Madrid International Fashion Week.[4]

Second Senate term 2007-2009

Iyiola Omisore was reelected for Osun East in 2007. He was appointed to committees for Police Affairs, Housing, Culture & Tourism, Aviation and Appropriation.[1] In May 2008, Iyiola Omisore was named as a member of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Constitution Review (JCCR).[5]

In September 2008, as Chairman of the Implementation Committee for the UNDP/National Assembly Support Program, Omisore said that everyone must be involved in deciding what forms part of the appropriation estimate for Niger Delta development.[6] In December 2008, Senator Omisore spoke in favor of using the nation’s accumulated external reserve to finance any revenue shortfall rather than borrowing from abroad.[7]

In October 2008, Omisore was one of the Nigerian delegates to the 5th Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.[8] In March 2009, Omisore attended the 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management in Philadelphia, US, where he discussed Constitutional Policy Frameworks And Solid Waste Management In Nigeria.[9]

In August 2009, Omisore expressed grave concern about abandoned projects in the country, and said the National Assembly had decided to include the list of abandoned projects in the budget.[10] In September 2009, as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Iyiola Omisore denied that the committee diverted N1.7 billion meant for the rehabilitation of Calabar-Itu and Calabar-Ikom roads in Cross River State in the 2009 budget.[11] In an interview that month, talking on failure of the Federal government to implement projects, he said that the problem of carrying over budgets from one year to another causes confusion and enlarges corruption. There was also a shortage of qualified engineers for the projects. He blamed some problems on the military government that ruled until 1999, saying "You cannot correct errors of yesteryears in less than 30 years."[12] In another interview, he said that the new revenue formula that was in the works would give more money to the states, and not the federal government.[13]

Nullified election

After Omisore's election in 21 April 2007, Babajide Omoworare, the candidate of the opposition Action Congress party, appealed against the result on the grounds that Omisore was not qualified to contest the election since he had been found guilty of official misconduct as deputy governor of Osun state, and that the election was marred by thuggery and other violations.[14] An election tribunal upheld the result.[15] Babjide Omoworare appealed this ruling. In May 2009, Omisore appeared in court to defend himself against the petition disputing his election victory.[16] On 29 October 2009, the election appeals tribunal ruled that Otunba Omisore was qualified to contest the election.[17] However, the tribunal ruled that there had been widespread breaches of the electoral act during Omisore's election, including use of thugs to intimidate voters. The tribunal nullified the election.[18] The court ordered the electoral body to organise a fresh election within 60 days.[19]

Speaking of the result a few days later, a spokesman for the Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress welcomed the decision while calling for reforms to the electoral laws.[20] The Action Congress called on Omisore, and other candidates whose elections had been annulled, to return to the treasury the salary they had collected while serving without mandate.[21]

Shortly before the court decision, Omisore was reported to have bought an expression of interest form for the Osun State governorship contest of 2011. The national leadership of the PDP said that the practice of selling nomination forms by its Osun State chapter was "fraudulent."[22] The PDP leadership later ordered its Osun State chapter to refund any money collected from governorship aspirants for the 2011 nomination forms.[23] Following Omisore's election annulment, the Osun State Chairman of the PDP urged the party’s supporters in Ijesa to mobilise support for Omisore's governorship bid.[24]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Sen. Iyiola Omisore". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-11-05. [dead link]
  2. ^ "SEN. IYIOLA OMISORE". Nigerian Senate. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Omisore crowned as Olu of Awolowo town". Nigerians in America. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Madrid International Fashion Week 2006". NEPC. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  5. ^ "Senate Names Constitution Amendment Committee Members (9th may 2008)". This day. 9 may 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  6. ^ "AMAECHI ADVOCATES 50% OF 2009 BUDGET FOR NIGER DELTA DEVELOPMENT". Rivers State. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  7. ^ "Omisore cautions FG on options outlined in the 2009 budget for deficit financing". Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation. 2008-12-08. 
  8. ^ "5th Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians". Parliamentarians for Global Action. 31 Oct 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  9. ^ "Proceedings of 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management". The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  10. ^ YUSUF ABU (AUGUST, 18 2009). "NASS wants eradication of corruption in budget proposals". Daily Triumph. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  11. ^ "Constituency Projects : Omisore, C’River Caucus Disagree over Alleged Diversion of N1.7bn". This Day. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  12. ^ "2010 budget will address abandoned projects-Omisore". Nigerian Tribune. 10th Sept, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-05.  [dead link]
  13. ^ "New Revenue Formula To Favour States - Omisore". Daily Independent. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-05. [dead link]
  14. ^ Tony Icheku (Oct, 29 2009). "Senator Omisore’s Election Nullified". Times of Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  15. ^ "AC LOSES 3 SENATORIAL PETITIONS IN OSUN". Osun State Government. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  16. ^ "Omisore?s witness collapses at tribunal". radiopalmwine. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-05. [dead link]
  17. ^ YEMI BAMIDELE (30 October 2009). "Appeal Court throws out Omisore". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  18. ^ "Nigerian MP's election 'rigged'". BBC News. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  19. ^ Ola Ajayi & Olasunkanmi Akoni (30 October 2009). "Appeal Court sacks Omisore". Vanguard. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  20. ^ RAZAQ BAMIDELE (5 November 2009). "Omisore: Punish electoral fraudsters – Lagos AC". The Sun. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  21. ^ "AC asks Omisore, others to refund salaries". Guardian. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-06. [dead link]
  22. ^ Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja and Tunde Odesola, Osogbo (24 October 2009). "Omisore, Fani-Kayode, others defy PDP, buy governorship forms". The Punch. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  23. ^ Bunmi Awolusi (4 November 2009). "2011: PDP orders refund of money to Osun gov aspirants –". Tribune. Retrieved 2009-11-06. [dead link]
  24. ^ Tunde Odesola (5 November 2009). "Osun rerun causes division among PDP governorship aspirants". The Punch. Retrieved 2009-11-06.