A former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuff said the election that saw Osun State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, into his office was rigged.
Lasun spoke in a radio program in Osogbo on Friday.
He added that the statement he made in Abuja during the purchase of his gubernatorial nomination forms at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat was not violent.
He explained that rigging the coming election in the state in 2022 would not be acceptable.
The former deputy speaker, maintaining that the 2018 Osun gubernatorial election was rigged, noted that the processes leading to the rerun and the statement of President Muhammadu Buhari that it was remotely controlled were all pointers that the APC did not win the election fair and square.
He called on members of the party with contrary opinions to challenge him.
His words: “Rauf Aregbesola did well in claiming Osun for the progressives having led from the frontline. He is three things to me; he is my elder brother, friend and confidant.
“When I wanted to contest as Deputy Speaker, he called me and told me he may not support me on that but while I wanted to contest the 2018 Osun gubernatorial election, he did not say anything to me. At first, I held it against him but as for now, it is all in the past.
“When Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had a meeting with me, I told him to go round, meet the people and address aggrieved members of the party. I advised him to leave governance for a while so that he can bring the party together and I also asked him why he was disagreeing with Rauf Aregbesola.
“I told him that since both of them are from the same camp, he settle his differences with him. I don’t know if he took my counsel or not.”
Meanwhile, the Osun State APC has described the statement credited to the former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives as spineless and lacking substance.
In a statement by the Osun APC spokesperson, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, the party dismissed the statement in totality adding that such claims could only come from a very desperate, dishonourable, and selfish politician, seeking public attention by misleading the citizenry.
Oyatomi noted that Yusuf is seriously in need of medical examination as there is no iota of truth in his incoherent allegation, and the onus of proof is his responsibility.