The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has responded to Senator IyIola Omisore’s reasons for not participating in the American Institute sponsored pre-governorship election debate in Osun on Saturday, 26th July, 2014, describing it as ‘the wisdom of a fool’.
Omisore had reportedly claimed that he was supposedly superior to Gov Rauf Aregbesola which made it a match ‘between two unequal parties’, inferring that the ‘weaker of the two parties may resort to physical assault and harassment’.
Reacting through a statement by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, the Osun APC said “it is disheartening that this remark came after the event at which Aregbesola was majestic and at home with facts and figures on how his administration had prudently managed the economy of the state.
“Omisore sounded mean and shallow when he tried to denigrate Aregbesola’s academic qualification that the Governor ‘presented O’Level (certificate) to INEC’. Again, that’s the wisdom of a fool; but the foolishness embeded in that piece of information is that Omisore’s current certificate presented to INEC was a court affidavit in place of his primary and secondary school certificates.
“In particular, we challenge Omisore to produce his certificates from St John’s Grammar School, Ile Ife and Owo Polytechnic, Ondo State.
“What moral authority then has a man who till today present court affidavit to show that he went to primary and secondary schools to denigrate another person who he said presented his O’Level certificate to INEC.
“Omisore has missed his greatest chance to convince the world that he is mentally and intellectually mature enough to handle difficult situation under pressure in a robust and critical debate. The truth of the matter is that, like all inadequate personalities, Omisore was and continues to be afraid of confronting Aregbesola who can expose his lies with incontrovertible facts.
“That was why he ran away from the debate – simplicita!
“His claim to superiority is empty. A so-called PhD holder who is afraid to confront an O’Level opponent in a debate is a moron”.