Some chairmen of local governments and Local Council Development Authority (LCDAs) in Oyo State have accused Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, of causing tension and disaffection in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The local government bosses from 10 council areas in Oke-Ogun zone where Shittu also hails from, maintained that Shittu lied in his petition to the national leadership of the party.
Shittu in the petition, accused Governor Abiola Ajimobi of bad leadership and stated that the fortunes of the party had nose-dived.
But the Oke-Ogun chairmen maintained that the party “has continued to wax stronger and has become the only hope for the masses in the state as a result of the visionary leadership provided by the governor.”
In a statement signed by the caretaker chairmen of Iwa LCDA and Oorelope Local Government, Engr Sulaimon Ajani and Hon. Okunlade Samuel, respectively on behalf of others, the chairmen stressed that Shittu’s actions and utterances were generating undue tension and promoting bitterness within the APC in Oyo State.
The statement reads in part: “We, the chairmen of the 10 local governments in Oke-Ogun, which Alhaji Adebayo Shittu hailed from, have watched with bewilderment the unguarded utterances and negative tendencies of the minister in unnecessarily opposing the governor and the progress of the party.
“We would not have joined issues with the minister over his baseless and apparently false claim that the governor has been creating divisions in the APC and destroying the party, but there is the need to set the record straight so that the national leadership of the party will know that it is the minister that has been disrupting the peace in the party with his actions and utterances.
“There is also the need to call the minister to order so that he would not disgrace Oke-Ogun with his subversive and anti-government tendencies, which are fuelled by his misplaced ambition to become governor even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declares the field open for the process”.