Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Lasun Yusuf has declared his intention to contest in the September 22 governorship election in Osun state on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Addressing a mammoth crowd of his supporters at the secretariat of the party in Osogbo on Thursday, Yusuf said the people of Osun State are ready to vote for him as the next governor of Osun State.
He reiterated the call for a free, fair and transparent primary election and appealed to the party leadership not to impose any aspirant as the candidate of the party so as to avoid unwarranted crisis in the party.
Yusuf also used the opportunity to debunk the insinuation that he was planning to dump the APC. The Deputy Speaker said he is a major stakeholder in the APC and that he would remain in the party to actualise his dream of becoming the next governor of the state.
He said: “I’m not just contesting in the forthcoming governorship election in the state; I have come to tell you that I’m the next governor of this state after Governor Rauf Aregbesola by the grace of God.”
“If the primary election of our party is free, fair and transparent, I can assure you that I will win the ticket and the people of Osun State will vote for APC when the party presents me for the election in September.”
Yusuf commended Aregbesola for the giant strides of his administration in the past seven and a half years and promised that he would consolidate Aregbesola’s youth empowerment programme known as Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES).
“When I become the governor of Osun, I will consolidate the OYES programme to reduce unemployment among the youths in the state. We will engage the youths particularly through agriculture.
“I’m one of the owners of biggest farms in Osun State today and I want our youths to develop interest in agriculture. I will deploy majority of the OYES cadets to farms. So, any youth that is not ready to go to farm may not need to come to us because I will also be going to farm myself”.
The Chairman of Osun APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun while speaking at the event commended Yusuf for his contributions to the party and assured him that the candidate of the party for the election would be chosen under a very transparent process.