Lasun Blackmailing Osun Over Adeleke, APC Alleges
The All Progressives Congress has accused the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yusuf Lasun, of sponsoring blackmail against the Osun State Government regarding the sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke.
Adeleke died on Sunday, April 23, followed by violent reactions from some residents of Ede and his supporters, who claimed that the ex-governor was poisoned because of his 2018 governorship ambition.
One of the deceased’s sons, Tunji, also believed his father was killed.
But the APC, in a statement, on Sunday, by the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy in Osun State, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, alleged that Lasun, who is one of the leaders of the party in the state, was behind the theory that Adeleke was poisoned.
The APC’s statement was a reaction to the allegations of threat to his life which Lasun levelled against the Osun State Government and the chairman of the APC in the state, Mr. Gboyega Famoodun.
Famoodun has since debunked the allegations and challenged Lasun to prove that his claims were not spurious.
The party stated, “This (allegation) is a wolf cry and political gerrymandering, 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 clawing to the death of our late party leader and illustrious son of Ede, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, to create smokescreen and score undue political relevance for themselves.
“Alas, without searching further, Hon. Yusuf has, without any iota of doubt, 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. This, in its entirety, is illogical and irresponsible.”
The Constituency Relations Officer of the Deputy Speaker, Niyi Ogunsola, had on Saturday, accused the APC chairman and some former commissioners of threatening Lasun’s life.
The media aide to the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Wole Oladimeji, in his reaction, challenged the APC in the state to prove that his principal was behind the outcry that Adekeke was poisoned by the state government.