A former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Lasun Yusuf has accused the Deputy President of the senate, Ovie Omo-Agege as benefiting from electoral fraud to clinch his current position.
Lasun who said this on Thursday while addressing newsmen at the headquarters of the APC after obtaining expression of interest and nomination forms to vie for the 2022 primary election said Omo-Agege was rewarded for carrying out electoral fraud during the APC primary elections in Osun in 2018.
Tracing the genesis of the crisis in Osun APC, he said, “Whether direct or indirect primaries in All Progressives Congress, the confusion started in Osun state in 2018 with the sole aim to rig Lasun Yusuf of the governorship primary election. But because of the kind of person I am, I knew this and people called me all over the country that I should not take part in that primary election.
“The former governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari, was the chairman of that primary election committee. On the day of the primary, Yari did not come to Osun. That’s left for you Journalists to find out why he did not come but let me give you a glimpse.
“The man knew I was popular but he was instructed to go and do a particular thing but he told them that he has ran an investigation and discovered that the Deputy Speaker too was popular. That’s why Yari did not come to Osun during APC primary election in 2018.”
He then alleged that to fill the void left by Yari’s refusal to do that particular ‘job’, he said the party found the current Deputy Senate President a willing tool to use to manipulate and rig him out.
He said Mr Ovie Omo-Agege “became the Chairman of the Committee over the night. And I want to say, if he likes he can controvert this that one of the reasons Omo-Agege is the Deputy Senate President today was that he was compensated for that job.
“Omo-Agege was in my hometown for four hours on the day of that primary election. He was actually conducting three ward primaries out of six wards of my hometown.
“He (Omo-Agege) signed three results in my hometown on the day of the said primary. So, if I had wanted to go to court what happened in Zamfara would have happened in Osun state but I never went to school because I want to start writing petitions to Court.
“My life has always been if you think you have power to cheat me, go ahead and cheat me but sometimes someday we will meet again, and that’s why I never allowed Osun to go the way of Zamfara state.”
He further explained that after the primary exercise, he warned party leaders at the party secretariat that “if you rig me out of this election I can assure you that you are not going to win the governorship election.
“They thought I was a small boy and that I was just blabbing or just a mere threat. But my friends, you are a witness to what happened when the election was eventually held, did they win? They didn’t because there is no way they can win.”
He pointed out that “Aregbesola and some of (us) his friends came together in 2004 and we fought the battle to claim that state for the Progressives.
“I salute Aregbesola’s courage because for that period of time he led from the front but that is a story for another day, the story for today is that I bought the form and I am contesting for Osun state governorship seat in 2022 and nobody born of a woman will do what they did to me in 2018 again.”
Responding, Omo-Agege said, “the former Deputy Speaker is entitled to his opinion on what transpired.”
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yomi Odunuga, Omo-Agege said he “will not join issues with him.”