The minister of communication, Adebayo Shittu, has never hidden his desire to succeed Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state when the governor’s tenure ends in 2019. He would however face an uphill battle to win the APC’s ticket as Ajimobi does not get along very well with him.
As 2019 approaches, the animosity between the men seems to be exacerbating.
What’s going on?
Shittu has written to President Muhammadu Buhari and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odegie-Oyegun, and the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, accusing Gov. Ajimobi of high handedness.
According to the minister, the governor demolished a Computer Based Test, CBT, Centre which he was building in the state. Shittu said that the governor’s only reason was his discomfort with his governorship ambition.
In a December 18, 2017 letter, Shittu said that the governor’s behavior was “unbecoming” as he is failing to provide sound moral and exemplary leadership.
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “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 said as his relationship with the governor deteriorated, he arranged a meeting at the Oyo State Government House Abuja where two of them met to resolve all existing misgivings. The governor told him that the issues had been resolved. However he was surprised to find out that Ajimobi demolished the CBT Centre which was part of the issues discussed.
“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.”
He said few days after he called the governor on phone 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 said efforts made to draw the attention of the governor did not yield anything as the governor neither picked his calls nor replied to his text message.
- He said the governor was displeased with him because he (Shittu) frustrated the governor’s attempts to “unjustifiably” remove the APC Chairman in Ido Local Government of the State, one Pastor Akintokun, who he (Ajimobi) felt had allowed me to have too much access to the political apparatus in the local government.
He said Ajimobi was also “shocked by my acceptance of the Chieftaincy title of Agba-Akin Afiwagboye from the Olubadan of Ibadanland, whom he regarded as an arch-enemy.”