Niyi Akande, Osogbo.
Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Osun state, Prince Gboyega Famoodun, has explained why he parted way with ex Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Lasun Yusuff.
Lasun Yusuff was a governorship aspirant on the platform of APC in year 2018 before the party settled for Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola as its flagbearer.
Both Famoodun and Lasun Yusuff were known to be best of friends until that critical moment when Famoodun had to obey the directive of then Governor Aregbesola and work towards the emergence of Oyetola as APC candidate.
Addressing 68 chairmen of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State, including those manning the local council development areas, area offices and all the ward chairmen who paid him solidarity visit on Saturday, Famoodun, demanded absolute loyalty from them.
He said his loyalty to ex governor Aregbesola at the peak of the succession battle turned him against his long time friend, Lasun Yusuff.
“Loyalty has to be total and unconditional.
It was my absolute loyalty to former Governor Rauf Aregbesola now the Interior Minister, that caused friction between my long-time friend, Hon Lasun Yussuf, the immediate-past deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Let’s continue to embrace peace, cooperation and unity in our party in the overall interest of the virility of the party, prosperous government and adequate distribution of the dividends of democracy for all and sundry in our state.
“Let me point this out that I have a weakness of not knowing my enemies but my friends.
You will all be informed and duly carried along on the next step to take immediately the directive for the party congresses is out from Abuja,” Famodun disclosed.
Speaking on behalf of the visitors, Mr. Rufus Awotidoye, the APC chairman in Ife-North Local Government Council Area of the state, who also doubles as chairman of APC LG chairmen, assured Famoodun that they were all solidly behind him because of his administrative dexterity and ingenuity injected into the running of the party in the state.