Yusuf Laments Party Members Have Been Neglected
Mr Lasun Yusuf, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, while speaking in respect to the forth coming governorship election in Osun State, stated that none of the political parties involved in the September 22 election is sure of winning.
Yusuf, who contested alongside 17 governorship aspirants in the All Progressives Congress primary, said this while speaking with journalists in Osogbo on Saturday.
He stated that nobody had reached out to him since the primary, which was criticised by some aspirants and claimed to be manipulated in favour of Gboyega Oyetola.
The Deputy Speaker, said he has no plan to defect the ruling party and will work for the success of the party.
Yusuf said, “We are in the position to support the APC and it is not about the candidate of the party. I thank all my supporters who stood by me despite the persecution during and after the primary. We would do our best to ensure that APC wins the coming election in this state.
“Nigerians should be aware that a lot of party chieftains are being alienated today. I’m not guaranteeing any party. But, we hope that party members will put what happened in the primary behind and work for the victory of the party.”
He lamented that many of APC chieftains and members being neglected now were grass root politicians who the party needed to mobilise the electorate to vote for the party.
He stated that the effort of those people might not been in place because of the way they were being treated.
Asked why he had not officially congratulated the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Oyetola, the deputy speaker said it was not compulsory for him to congratulate the winner and also lamented that the party did not also congratulate him when he emerged the deputy speaker.
He said, “I’m not in the position to congratulate anybody. When I became the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, nobody in the party or government circle congratulated me.
“And till today, nobody has told me what my offence was except that some people said I went against the party’s position. But for me, what they were referring to as the party’s position was actually the position of few leaders of the party.”