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Former Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu says former Nnational Chairman of the All Progressives Congress , Adams Oshiomhole and late former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi worked against his re-appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Shittu disclosed this while featuring on a Radio programme in Oyo state on Tuesday.
Shittu claimed that Oshiomole and late Ajimobi worked against his re-appointment through their political mischiefs.
On why he was dropped as Communication Minister by President Muhammadu Buhari, Shittu said he was neither dropped nor sacked.
He said “One can only be dropped or sacked before the end of a tenure. Appointments are the discretion of the President.
“I was painted bad among other allegations, that I was responsible for the failure of the party in the State in the 2019 elections. I was thinking I would be automatically re-appointed but I didn’t know about their mischiefs, scheming and the petitions they wrote against me.”
“I also know that former governor Ajimobi hated me because of my intelligence. He never knew I am very intelligent and my very independent mind, so he can’t control me. He conspired with Oshiomhole and excluded me from the party’s primaries. I don’t lobby for positions and I thank God for what he has done for me.”
When asked about his relationship with President Buhari presently. Shittu said “I am still very close to President Buhari. I still wrote him even when I was not re-appointed, thanking him for bringing me to national prominence”.
On people’s perspective on his lifestyle , the former minister said “People say a lot of rubbish about me that I did not have any phone with me when I was appointed in order for the President to contact me. Of course I give out phones to people willingly because I have in abundance.
“Remember, I was an honorable member of the Oyo State House of Assembly and Oyo State Commissioner for Information, culture and Home affairs in the Second Republic and an Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja Adminstration.
“I have a flourishing school in Saki and Garage Olode among others. I have junior colleagues who are SANS and Judges. I live in one of the best estates in Ibadan, so what are they saying? It is good thing that Oshiomhole was removed as the National Chairman of the party, that he was not allowed to run riots.
“The spirit of democracy must prevail. During the time of Ajimobi there was no internal democracy in operation, people were imposed and they did not buy nomination forms. The Edo and Zamfara case should be a lesson for all.”