Min­is­te­rial list: Agoro warns Yoruba politi­cians

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

For­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the erst­while Na­tional Ac­tion Coun­cil (NAC), Dr. Ola­pade Agoro, has warned politi­cians in the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly the Yorubas, against play­ing spoil­ers’ role to any of the min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees sent to the Na­tional Assem­bly by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

Agoro, in a state­ment in Ibadan, specif­i­cally coun­selled the stake­hold­ers in the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) not to play spoil­ers’ role to one another so that the Yoruba race would not lose out.

“It is bet­ter they avoid wash­ing their dirty linen in public. Both Gover­nor Abi­ola Aji­mobi and Bayo Shittu are my younger broth­ers. It is high time they re­solved their po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences. Enough of black­mail against each other,” Ola­pade Agoro pleaded, as he com­mented on the polity and Oyo State, in par­tic­u­lar. Dr. Agoro sub­mit­ted that it would very un­for­tu­nate if Pres­i­dent

be Buhari was con­vinced to drop Mr Bayo Shittu and re­place him with another nom­i­nee from out­side Oyo State.

Mean­while, the Oyo State chap­ter of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) has pe­ti­tioned Pres­i­dent Buhari to re­con­sider the nom­i­na­tion of Mr Shittu “in the over­all in­ter­est of the party”. In the pe­ti­tion dated Oc­to­ber 5, 2015 ti­tled “Marginal­i­sa­tion of Oyo State in Po­lit­i­cal Ap­point­ments” and signed by the party’s state chair­man, Chief Akin Oke and the sec­re­tary, Mo­jeed Olaoya, the duo al­leged that Bayo Shittu did not de­serve any­thing from the APC, al­leg­ing that he en­gaged in anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties which were in­im­i­cal to the suc­cess of the party in the state dur­ing the last elec­tions.

A group called “The Pro­gres­sives Fo­rum of Oyo State”, how­ever, com­mended the pres­i­dent for his nom­i­na­tion, stress­ing that “the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil (FEC) and the en­tire coun­try will ben­e­fit from his wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence.

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