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Presidency okays Minister to run guber race

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Presidency okays Minister to run guber race

Adebayo Shittu

Mr Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications, has secured the
approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 governorship election in Oyo State.

This approval was contained in a letter signed by the president and made available to journalists in Ibadan on Tuesday.

The letter has put an end to speculations of whether or not the minister would contest the governorship seat on the platform of the
All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The letter dated Aug. 27, 2018, is entitled: ‘RE: REQUEST FOR MR
PRESIDENT’S APPROVAL TO CONTEST FOR THE GOVERNORSHIP OF OYO STATE
DURING THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS.’

The letter was a response to an earlier one by the minister, in which
he had sought the approval of the president to contest the
governorship seat in Oyo State.

“I have today received your letter notifying me of your intention to
contest for the governorship seat of Oyo State in the 2019 general
elections.

“Let me thank you on behalf of the Federal Executive Council and
Nigerians for your services as minister under this administration.
“I note with passion your past contributions to our great party APC
during and after the 2015 elections.

“As you are aware, I am totally committed to free and fair elections.
Our policy is to support all APC candidates. I wish you well in you
ambition to be governor of your state.

“Be rest assured that all the security agencies as well as INEC would
have my full support to conduct free, fair and transparent elections
in 2019”.

The minister has since declared his intention to contest the
governorship seat in Oyo State during the 2019 general election.

Shittu, who hails from Saki area of the state, was a one-time member
of the State House of Assembly and a two-time commissioner.

The minister is expected to resign his appointment soon to participate
in the politics of the state.

The APC in the state currently has 14 aspirants including Shittu, who
have indicated their interests to contest the governorship position by
their expression of interest at the party secretariat.

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