The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has condemned a statement issued on behalf of Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Lasun Yusuf, on the threat to his life following the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke.
The Deputy Speaker alleged that he has been threatened severally for expressing his interest to run for the governorship race of Osun State.
Howevr, in a swift reaction, the APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, in a statement on Sunday said “this is a wolf cry and political gerry-mandering which cannot amount to a threat to life. There is no fragment of truth in all Lasun claimed, and it appears to have been the product of a very sick minded person”.
“We 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 Isiaka Adeleke to make smokescreen names and score undue political relevance for themselves.
“To all intents and purposes, the deputy speaker has once again demonstrated to the teeming populace that he is mischievous and a mere opportunist 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.
“The executive of the Osun State APC, in order not to distract the business of developmental governance and fulfilment of our electioneering promises, issued an advisory notice a couple of months ago to all intending governorship aspirants for the 2018 elections to wait until there are clear guidelines and directives by INEC, as such, the claim by Lasun Yusuf that himself and the late Adeleke were singled out is a blatant lie and a template to deceit.
“Alas, without searching further, Hon. Yusuf has without any iota of doubt has revealed himself 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 of osun west senatorial district was poisoned which was a resultant effect of his death. This in its entirety is illogical and irresponsible.
“We are poised to believe this outburst must be as a result of the outcast behavioural tendencies of Lasun Yusuf in OSUN APC after distancing himself from the activities of the party. We equally stand in the position of the Adeleke family, having affirmed that they are still waiting for the comprehensive report of the autopsy carried out on the first civilian governor of osun state.
“In the spirit of this sorrowful loss, unfortunate death, and more remarkably as a sign of respect to the soul of the deceased, we shall henceforth decline to join issues with self-seeking politician, who is presently arrogating undue popularity to himself.”
APC said that it was unfortunate that someone who rode on the popularity and acceptability of the party to get to National Assembly could fabricate tissues of lies against the government and party leadership.
“We only wish to advise the lawmaker to simply retrace his steps if truly he is still a member of the Osun APC.
“We are touched with the huge vacuum and irreplaceable role Senator Adeleke’s death has left in the progressive camp of Osun APC, we once again sympathize with the Governor and government of the State of Osun, the Adeleke family, the entire APC family, the people of Ede and Osun state in general”.