Oyo APC rejects Buhari’s nomination of Shittu as Minister

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The
All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State has rejected the
nomination of Mr. Adebayo Shittu to represent the state in
President
Muhammadu Buhari’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, as minister.
Making
its position known in a statement issued yesterday, the state chapter
of the party claimed that Shittu would not serve the interest of the
people, adding that he is not a team .
The statement reads,
“The State Working Committee (SWC) of our great party, the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State met on October 1 and resolved
as follows:
“That
President Muhammadu Buhari deserves commendation for beginning to lead
the campaign for laying a foundation for the desired change by Nigerians
through his enviable leadership within a short period that his
was inaugurated.
“That we our unalloyed
and support for the national leadership and levels of our great
party while at the same time appreciate the followership for their
cooperation in repositioning our dear country.
“That we like to
appreciate the fact that going by the 2015 presidential election
results, Oyo State performed creditable in terms of contribution of
votes to the overall of our party, in ranking, Oyo State came
first in the Southwest with 528,620 votes, third position in the whole
South and in the whole federation. Similarly, we won all the
three senatorial seats and 12 of 14 House of Representative seats too.
This we considered no mean feat.
“Surprisingly,
however, our performance has not been commensurately rewarded at the
national level. For instance, Your Excellency, the current power matrix
that the Deputy Speaker of the House of hails from
Osun State while the Chairman of the Federal Revenue is a
Lagosian. Both in the Senate and House of Representatives, no lawmaker
from Oyo State heads any committees that had so far been constituted.
“Your
Excellency, sir, the recent media reports of the ministerial nominees
from Oyo State in person of Barrister Adebayo Shittu has further
compounded our political challenges because of the unacceptability and
rejection by the vast majority of our people.
“He is not a team
player. Despite the fact that he and his cohorts were fully accommodated
in the APC, he exhibited a cantankerous and uncooperative attitude in
his relationship with the party and its leadership, which was uncalled
for. We can recall that our amiable governor appointed his one-time
female running mate as a senior special assistant (SSA) political
matters till May 28. Also, the state chairman of CPC as well as the
state secretary of the ANPP were equally given commissionership slot in
Oyo State. This is a further demonstration of the fact that the state
APC does not believe in a winner-takes-all or zero-sum kind of politics.
“It
is curious to note that Barrister Shittu refused to bluntly participate
in all party activities including campaigns except on one occasion of
the presidential rally in Ibadan. Till , he has refused to
participate in party activities or feature in any governmental
programmes at all levels.

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