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Buhari’s Minister Reveals Why APC Lost Oyo To PDP

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The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has blamed Governor Abiola Ajimobi for the loss of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Oyo State governorship elections.

Shittu, who was disqualified to contest the APC primary due to his failure to observe the one year mandatory National Service conducted by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), accused Ajimobi of foisting the current executives of the party in the state on the party and the people.

Speaking on a live radio programme on Fresh FM Ibadan, the minister alleged that the outgoing governor is no doubt a ‘dictator’ and ‘betrayal’.

He, however, added that he and other like minds in the party; are challenging the composition of the party executives in court.

“Let me recall, during the congresses in Oyo state, we had two congresses; Two factions of our party held parallel congresses,” Shittu said.

“The governor’s faction and unity forum faction, which has members four times that of the governor’s faction. Our party leaders at the national level by force accepted those who are not qualified as party executives.

“Eventually what happened started from there. We are in court challenging to know the legally recognised executives of the party. The unity forum will certainly ensure that justice is done in the area of party congresses.

“That is what we are challenging, the emergence of the current executives. They have to be true to themselves but for Ajimobi they will not be there.

“Governor Ajimobi did what he did so that he could use them. He foisted on the party and the people who will continue to do his bidding.

“Clearly Ajimobi is a dictator, a betrayer; clearly everything you could think of. Now that he has gone, we have to rescue all of those people away from him.

“Our lawyer unjustly terminated the cases from court, I have instructed lawyers from my chambers to appoint for the revisit of those cases and I have all the support of all members of the unity forum to do that. We are all waiting to collaborate in ensuring that we retrieve our party from predators.

“We will bring everybody on board, we will retrieve our party; we will start soonest by the grace of God. They are in APC, you will have to show me when they resigned their membership of APC.”


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Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.