Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Lasun Yussuff has reiterated his commitment to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he will not dump the ruling party.
Yussuff, who lost his bid for the APC ticket to run for governor in Osun State’s September 22 election, expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome of the primary but said he would not challenge it.
Speaking on the sideline of a workshop organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Center for members and staff of House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes in Abuja yesterday, Yussuff also condemned the impeachment notice served on Benue state Governor Samuel Orton by eight members of the House of Assembly.
The deputy speaker also said he would not engage in anti-party activities but would not stop those who might want to undermine it.
He said: “Those who organised the primary were trying to destroy the party.
“No. I am not going to leave the party, I am a member of the APC. Nobody can drive me out of the APC, instead, I will be the one to drive people out of APC.
“Nobody can drive me of APC. But, those who organised that primary know they are going to destroy that party.
“I did not accept the outcome of the primary election. Why would I accept that kind of primary, where a direct primary was conducted in my state, one week after another form of primary was conducted in another state.
“And I hope the chairman will wake up. That chairman is going to destroy that party. The chairman of that party is going to destroy tit.
“Let me be specific, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is going to destroy APC. I have not spoken since that primary, but I am speaking now. Nobody can drive me out of that party.I am a member of APC.
“I am going to stay right inside there, if the party is going to collapse, let it collapse on all of us. If it is going to survive, we are going to survive in it together.
On the impeachment notice served on Ortom by eight lawmakers, he said: “What is going on in Benue is sickening. It is not constitutional. It is not reasonable. It is not morally right and it can never be supported by anything.
“I still don’t believe people can still go back to that kind of level where out of a 30-members House, eight will seat and serve an impeachment notice on a serving governor. They are not covered by the constitution.
“I am not supporting the governor now. First and foremost, the constitution must be followed. You have a 30-member House, in the constitution, to serve an impeachment notice on the governor, you first of all start with one third, which is 10.
“Ten must sign, after that, it goes to second reading. The second reading must be supported by two thirds of members. After that, there will be a seven-man committee that would be set up”.