Until things fell apart in the relationship , the deputy speaker , house of representatives Hon Lasun Yusuf was the right hand man of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and indeed he was a member of his kitchen cabinet. The two became friends through the late Hassan Olajoku years back, they however parted ways when the Ilobu born Lasun accepted the Deputy Speakership offer from the Senator Bukola Saraki’s camp against the instructions of the governor and the Jagaban of Borgu, Ashiwaju Bola Tinubu. The federal lawmaker and the governor were not on talking terms for months and they do avoid each other at public events until they began to exchange pleasantries courtesy of the interventions of some party leaders.
Lasun was one of the guber aspirants and he knew the governor would not back him and he thus gave Aregbesola’s candidate a tough time. Though the party adopted the Direct Primary method, he still gave the governor’s anointed candidate cash for cash as he distributed the sum of N2500 to voters in Ilobu and N1000 at other locations in the state. Oyetola however distributed sums ranging from N5000 to N350 depending on the number of people at the particular Ward. He eventually came second at the primary held on Friday.