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We will retrieve APC from predators, dictators and betrayers – Buhari’s Minister vows

The Minister of Information Technology, Adebayo Shittu

Mr. Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications, on Saturday vowed that his faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State would retrieve the party from those he described as predators in the state.

According to Shittu in a programme on Fresh FM in Ibadan, the APC National leadership was forced to accept those who were not qualified as its executive members in the state.

The Minister was disqualified alongside his former colleague, Mrs. Aisha Alhassan, from contesting the governorship primaries in their respective states during the build-up of the 2019 general elections.

Shittu had been in a dispute with the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, who he accused of forcing party leaders and candidates on the Oyo APC.

Governor Ajimobi lost Oyo State to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election. He also lost his bid to get to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Shittu during the radio programme further called Ajimobi a dictator and betrayer.

“Let me recall, during the congresses in Oyo state, we had two congresses; two factions of our party held parallel congresses. The governor’s faction and the 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 that 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 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 in court. I have instructed lawyers from my chambers to apply 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.”

Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Oyo State
Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Oyo State
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