ByÂ Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The leadership of the All ProgressivesÂ Congress (APC) in Osun State has described the allegation of the Deputy Speaker of theÂ House of Representatives, Hon. Lasun Yusuff, that some members of the party are after his life as unfounded, baseless, and of no security concern.
Yusuff had at the weekend, through his aides, alleged some members of the APC in the House of Representatives from the state, and theÂ Osun APC Chairman, were threatening his life since the expression to run for the state governorship in 2018.
But in a statement signed by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy Kunle Oyatomi, the party describedÂ Yusuff as a cheap opportunist.
It also denied the claim by the deputy speaker that himself and the late Isiaka Adeleke were singled out and warned not to contest in 2018 governorship election.
â€œThe attention of the leadership of the APC in Osun State have been drawn to a statement issued by one Dr. Aderemi Suleiman Ajala on behalf of the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Yussuf, on the threat to his life, among
all other allegations which are unfounded and baseless, they are of no security concern to say the least.
â€œWe hereby state unequivocally that the Deputy Speaker and his band of delusional propagandists are mere opportunists clustering to the death of our late party leader and illustrious son of Ede, Senator
Adeleke to make smokescreen names and score undue political relevance for themselves.
â€œTo all intent and purposes, the deputy speaker has once again demonstrated to the teeming populace that he is a mischievous and a mere opp ortunist who lacks the deserving respect for the dead and cannot stand by the etiquette and traditional norms of our rich cultural heritage as Yoruba speaking people.
â€œSetting the records straight, the executive of the Osun APC inÂ line with the tenets of democratic principles entrenched in the ideology of our great party, and in order not to distract the business of developmental governance and fulfilment of our electioneering promises as contained in our manifesto issued an advisory notice to all intending governorship aspirants for the 2018 election to wait until there are clear guidelines and directives by INEC. As such, the claim by Hon. Lasun Yussuff that himself and the late Adeleke were singled out and warned is a blatant lie and a template to deceit.
â€œWithout searching further, Yussuff has shown to us that he is the chief sponsor and promoter of the irritating blackmail against the government of the state of Osun that the late senator ofÂ OsunÂ west senatorial district was poisoned which was a resultant effect of his death. This in its entirety is illogical and irresponsible.
â€œIts quite unfortunate that someone who rode on the popularity and acceptability of our party to get to National Assembly could fabricate tissues of lies against the government and leadership of the party. We only wish to advise the lawmaker to simply retrace his steps if truly he is still a member of the Osun APC,â€ the statement read in part.