Former Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Yusuf Lasun, has revealed more details of the Direct Primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the governorship ticket in Osun State in 2018. According to him, the Direct Primaries in the state earned Senator Ovie Omo-Agege the Deputy Senate President’s seat. Lasun, who spoke at the National Secretariat of APC in Abuja after obtaining his nomination and expression of interest forms for the Osun State APC governorship ticket, alleged that the APC did not win the governorship election in Osun State in 2018. According to him, it was the team player spirit in him that made him to allow the election stand consequently put APC into government.
He threatened that he would not accept a repeat of the treatment meted out to him in 2018. The former Deputy Speaker said that the confusion over Direct and Indirect primaries started in Osun State in the bid to rig him out of the governorship ticket. Speaking to journalists he said: “In 2018, when the opportunity to run for the governorship election presented itself, I came into the race. Though at that time there was a serious gang up against me at the party level within the state. But because of the person I am, I don’t believe in jumping ship.
I have had the opportunity to move from APC to another party, but that is not me. I knew the whole thing was tilted against me, but I never bothered. “If not for my campaign, because I came out very early for my campaign in 2017, APC was dead in Osun. Dead to the extent that it was not possible for APC to win that governorship election unless it was given to someone like me.
“Let me remind Nigerians today that whether it is a Direct or Indirect Primaries, the confusion started in Osun State in 2018, with the sole aim of rigging Lasun Yusuf out of the governorship election. “I knew the election was going to be rigged because the platform was already prepared. “And let me tell you this, the former governor of Zamfara State (Abdulaziz Yari) was the chairman of that committee. On the day of the primaries, Senator Yari did not go to Osun. That is left for you journalists to go and find out why he did not go. “But let me give you a glimpse of what actually happened.
The man knew I was popular. The man was instructed to go and do a particular thing, but he told them, I have run an investigation and I have discovered that the Deputy Speaker is popular, if you want us to come and achieve this, it might be difficult.
That was one of the reasons that the man didn’t come. “The job was undertaken by the current distinguished Senator, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege. He became the Chairman overnight. “And I want to say, if he likes, he can refute this, but one of the reasons why he is Deputy Senate President today was that he was compensated for that job.” However, responding to the allegations, the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Deputy President of the Senate, Yomi Odunuga said: “The former Deputy Speaker is entitled to his opinion on what transpired. The Office of the Deputy Senate President will not join issues with him.”