The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Lasun Yussuf has declared that his emergence as the Deputy Speaker in the lower chamber was not against the directive of the national hierarchy of the All Progressive Congress (APC)
Yussuff stated in Apomu during his consultative visit to the town, Ikoyi and Iwo communities over the weekend.
The visit was in continuation of his lobby and campaign for his governorship ambition ahead of September 22nd poll in the State.
Speaking on how he emerged in a keenly contested election in June 2015, Yussuf maintained that the development was not a disrespect to the party’s directive as there was no formal invitation to any meeting of APC members of the National Assembly by the prior to the Inauguration of the lower chamber.
Addressing APC members in Ikoyi and Apomu communties of Isokan local government of Osun State, he posited that “when I was vying for the Deputy Speakership position; they said I cannot make it but I have absolute faith in God who made it possible. Prior to the inauguration, the party hierarchy led by our respected National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun did not invite any members of the National Assembly to any meeting.”
He contended that “we were taken aback when a meeting was called recently and many of us (including my humble-self) were labeled as not respecting the party. But the National Chairman asked, what did Lasun Yussuff do?
The chairman of the committee who is a governor of a state said Lasun Yussuff contested for Deputy Speaker against the Party’s directive.”
Chief John Oyegun said, “In fairness to God and humanity, we did not call for any meeting at that point in time. So it was cleared that a supposed leader of the party who wants to installed his followers as the presiding officers of the National Assembly is the one that called for the meeting”, Yussuff remarked.
He, however, urged the people of Isokan to be hopeful, stressing that “by September, God will deliver Osun State from the present ruler who has neglected the home base politicians”.
Yussuff, who also visited the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu 1 in his palace to solicit support for his aspiration said “Kabiyesi, honestly, I know it’s tough and difficult to come and campaign for the number one seat in the land in Iwo, but it’s possible. I have lived all my life of going to sixty in Osun. I know the dynamic and intricacies of Osun politics. And as all politics is local, welfare, security and development must be local.”
He promised that three economically viable roads would be rehabilitated if he becomes the Governor of Osun include; Gbongan-Orile-Owu; Iwo-Ede junction and Osogbo-Ilobu-Ogbomosho road.
Reacting to Lasun’s visit, Oba Akanbi said, “it’s my prayers that an Iwo indigene becomes Osun State Governor, but Hon. Lasun Yussuff is also my son. But all is left to God”.
The Monarch sought the lawmaker’s intervention on Ibadan-Iwo-Oyo road and Iwo-Osogbo road.