By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu on Saturday disclosed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State will soon be retrieved from those he described as predators.
The Minister while featuring on a Fresh FM Ibadan live programme South west Political circuit monitored by the New Nigerian said for now, necessary moves are on by him and members of the unity forum in the APC in the state towards retrieving the party from predators as well as bringing together all APC members ahead of 2023 ,
Specifically, Barrister Shittu maintained that the process of rebuilding APC in Oyo state will start soon, after the defeat suffered in the March 9, governorship and House of Assembly elections, saying, “we will bring everybody on board, we will retrieve our party; We will start soonest by the grace of God.” .
On the factional crisis that rocked APC in Oyo state, the Minister attributed it to the alleged imposition of the present state’s executives of the party on the party and the people
Going down the memory lane, the Minister said “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 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,” he said.
Barrister Shittu added, “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 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 and the people the people who will continue to do his bidding. Now that he has gone, we have to rescue all of those people away from him.”
Speaking further, the Minister said “our lawyer unjustly terminated the cases from court, I have instructed lawyers from my chambers 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.”
Commenting on the unity forum members who left APC for other political parties, Barrister Shittu said “unity forum is not about an individual but it is about a movement of the generality of APC members in the state.”, saying, “they are in APC, you will have to show me when they resigned their membership of APC, “