Shittu Reports Governor Ajimobi To Buhari, Tinubu, Oyegun
The cracks from within the ruling All Progressives Congress continue to show as 2019 draws nearer.
For what he described as Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s high handedness, Communication Minister, Adebayo Shittu has decided "Baba must hear of this" as he marched to the Villa.
The cabinet member has reported the governor to Buhari, the national leader of the APC and its national chairman - Bola Tinubu and John Oyegun, respectively.
In the petition, Shittu claimed that his offence to the governor spurs from his ambition to become governor in 2019.
He claims this led to the demolition of his Computer Based Test, CBT, Centre under construction by the agents of the state in his Saki hometown.
According to the minister, he decided to report the matter in order to save the party from total disintegration.
The petition, dated 18th December 2017, reads: “I am constrained to bring to your notice the unsavory development in our great party in Oyo State and the unbecoming behavior of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who is expected to provide sound moral and exemplary leadership to the citizens of our dear State.
“This line of action becomes imperative in view of the sad turn of events in Oyo State APC. It is an open secret that the fortunes of APC has nosedived in the state due to Governor Ajimobi’s undue arrogance, grandstanding, nepotism, caustic and unguarded utterances and creating unnecessary divisions among party leaders and members thereby balkanising the party along group lines.
“Worse still, the traditional media and the social media are awash with various commentaries of the negative impact of Governor Ajimobi’s degeneration behavior in the fortunes of our party.
“It is on the basis of these facts and some decisions of the Ajimobi’s government as it affects the generality of our people that I have had cause in the past to criticise him and insist that the overall interest of APC as a political party in power should be paramount, rather than the egoistic feelings of the governor and his co-travellers.
“In doing this, I don’t have anything personal against Governor Ajimobi, but to stress the importance of him not destroying the very platform that made him governor. The signs that Ajimobi is set to destroy the party are glaring to political watchers, as the voting population in the state is becoming disillusioned more than ever before.”
Shittu explained that when it was clear to him that the governor was harbouring some form animosity against him, he arranged a meeting at the Oyo State Government House Abuja where two of them met to resolve all existing misgivings.
He noted with consternation that just a day after the meeting, the CBT Centre which was part of the issues discussed with the governor was demolished.
He said, “At the meeting, I also mentioned to the Governor the outstanding issue of a Computer Based Test Centre under construction in Shaki, which has become a subject of dispute between me and the local government.
“I requested for his kind intervention to see to the success of the project which to all intents and purposes would not only assist examination candidates in my hometown but would also be a boost to our party.
“The governor promised to intervene and lay the matter to rest, for which I expressed my appreciation for his brotherly promise. The meeting ended on a good note with the hope of a better working relationship.”
Vanguard Newspaper quoted the minister as saying that he called the governor on phone, few days after, to thank him for the reception and understanding on all the issues discussed.
“During the telephone conversation, it was amazing that the governor on his own reassured me that he was soon going to provide me with official documents to revalidate my ownership of the land on which the CBT Centre was being constructed.
“Shockingly, the following day, I got information that agents of the state government invaded the site with a bulldozer, a pay loader and people suspected to be thugs, uprooted the on-going CBT building project and demolished over 2,000 9″ blocks on site,” he alleged.
He further stated, “The governor was said to have been shocked by my acceptance of the Chieftaincy title of Agba-Akin Afiwagboye from the Olubadan of Ibadanland, whom he regarded as an arch-enemy.”
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