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Minister: Oyo APC Oppose Shittu’s Nomination

Posted: Oct 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The All Progressives Congress, Oyo State chapter, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to revisit his nomination of Mr. Adebayo Shittu from the state as a minister.

The party claims the ministerial-nominee is not a team player in the APC.

Our correspondent gathered that the state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, allegedly opposed Shittu’s choice but Secretary of the party in the state, Mojeed Olaoya, told our correspondent in Ibadan on Tuesday that the issue was between the nominee and the APC and not the governor.

Contending that he contributed immensely to the success of the party in the state, Shittu denied any friction between him and Ajimobi.

Olaoya said, “This is the party talking and not the governor. It was the party that wrote a letter to the governor asking him to convey our message on Shittu’s nomination to the President. We have published paid advertisement in the newspapers stating our position on Shittu’s matter.”

The party stated that despite the state’s contribution to Buhari’s victory at the poll, it was not being adequately compensated.

It stated in the advertorial that Shittu’s nomination had further compounded the political challenges being faced by the party because of the nominee’s “unacceptability among the people”.

The advertorial by the party accused Shittu of failing to take part in its campaigns, among other allegations.

APC added, “He is not known to be a team player. Despite the fact that he and his cohorts were fully accommodated in the APC, he exhibited an uncooperative attitude in his relationship with the party and its leadership. It is curious to note that Shittu refused bluntly to participate in all party activities, including campaigns, except the Presidential rally in Ibadan.

“He has taken the party to court on three occasions in respect of party congresses and primaries despite all entreaties and reconciliatory efforts. We hereby urge you (Buhari) to reconsider his nomination in the overall interest of the party.”

Shittu, who was a governorship aspirant of the APC in the last election, however, said his accusers did not deliver as much votes as he did during the presidential election that brought in Buhari.

“I was the Chief Collation Officer of our party in my local government and it is on record that our party did not only win in the council, but, posted one of the highest results. As a man of? God, though, I’m not a professional cleric, I’m religious enough to appreciate that when God elevates, nobody can demote and that’s why I’m not moved,” he said.