Adebayo Shittu, Minister

2019 Oyo Guber Race: Minister Joins 13 Other Candidates

…..gets presidency’s nod to contest

The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu 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 August 27, 2018, is entitled: ‘RE: REQUEST FOR MR




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



“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.