From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Employment, Labour, Productivity and Pension, Olusegun Olaleye, has said the Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, is not credible enough to lead the re-election campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari in the state.
He spoke against the backdrop of the interview which Shittu granted State House Correspondents, in Abuja, on Wednesday, after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
Shittu had said campaigns for the re-election of President Buhari has begun, though he (Buhari) has not made up his mind on the 2019 presidential election, but his ardent supporters, of which he is one, will prevail on him to seek re-election.
He (Shittu) also announced that he had just been appointed national chairman of the Board of Trustees of Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group, adding that South West Zonal Office of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation will be inaugurated on January 20.
But Olaleye, who is a two-term member of the parliament and a member of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, described the announcement made by Shittu as a ploy to “hijack the genuine work and political investments of party leaders and genuine members of the APC in Oyo State.” But he said he was not pursuing personal vendetta against Shittu.
He further contended that Shittu wanted to convert his personal constituency office in Ibadan into a secretariat of “one pseudo, imaginary, non-existent Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group.’
“Mr. Shittu wants to use Mr. President’s good image to polish his already dented and battered political image. To further show his desperation, Shittu is now embarking on a deceitful venture to be seen as blasting the trail in the President Buhari’s re-election project.”
Olaleye, who is fondly called ‘Radical’, stated: “The minister is already a political liability, a man with no political base and nothing to show for his over two years as a minister and as such cannot be entrusted with managing such a noble cause as the re-election campaign of our dear President and Vice President.”