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Osun Guber: I Can’t Guarantee Victory For APC – Deputy Speaker, Lasun

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State, Hon. Lasun Yussuff has said he cannot boast of victory for his party in the September 22 governorship election in the state.

He opined that desperate move by some individuals to subvert due process has seriously alienated many “local politicians” in APC which has resulted to mass defections and thereby polarised the party in the state.

Yussuff, who spoke at a press conference in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Saturday, however reiterated his resolve to stay back in the party and work for its success.

He explained that the essence of the media briefing was to specifically meet with his gubernatorial campaign team after losing the primary election of July 19 to Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, and thank them for a job well done irrespective of the credibility and outcome of the exercise.

Yussuff admitted that he has not congratulated the APC candidate, saying that the party and Osun government did not congratulate him either when he emerged as the Deputy Speaker.

He debunked the allegation that he conspired to work against the party decision during the June 2015 leadership election at the National Assembly, adding that what was described as party position was just personal wish of some people.

He said, “I am here today to tell Nigerians that in any contest, winners must emerge irrespective of the credibility of the process, and also clear the air on insinuations that may be I have jumped the ship after the primaries.

“I want to make it abundantly clear that I am still in APC with my supporters, we are here to support the party in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

“It is however instructive for the party to know that many people have been alienated from the party in the state by some individuals who claim larger than life influence, which has led to defections of local politicians from APC.

As far as I am concerned, I have no place to go, and I believe if members could put all that happened during the primaries behind them and work in unison for the party, things could be better.

” Although, I cannot guarantee victory for the party because I have not conducted any poll to support that”, he said.

Yussuff added that the party has not approached him for reconciliation after the primary election, which some aspirants have condemned as not transparent and credible.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune before he left to join the Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE, Abuja in 2005 as Head, Media Relations. At the BPE, Sayo coordinated both local and international media for the Bureau’s events and activities. He led a group of Nigerian journalists to the transfer ceremony of West African Refineries Limited in which Nigeria had controlling shares in Sierra Leone to its buyer in 2006 under the privatisation programme of the Nigerian government. He was Accounts Manager (Client Service) at The Quadrant Company, Nigeria’s leading Public Relations outfit, between 2006 and 2007 where he managed Celtel, (now Airtel), LG Electronics and DHL amongst others. He led a team of twenty IT/Telecom Editors of Nigeria’s leading newspapers and magazines to Tanzania in 2006 as part of the migration process of Celtel from Vmobile. In 2007, Sayo left for IMS Advertising Limited as General Manager, Reputation Management in a quest for robust integrated marketing communication expertise. The clientele included Nigerian Breweries Plc, Multi-links, Evan Medicals, Dorman Long and BGL amongst many others. He left in 2012 to set up Octopus Communication, an integrated marketing communication outfit, acting as PR consultant for IMS Advertising, Gilt-edge Advertising and others. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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