- Adebayo Shittu, immediate past minister of communication, says the two major parties in Nigeria are the same in relation to the ideology of governance
- Shittu expressed fear that the APC will face a tough presidential election in 2023 since Muhammadu Buhari will be ending his second term
- The former minister said Governor Seyi Makinde is fixing some of the things Abiola Ajimobi left office not implementing
Adebayo Shittu, immediate past minister of communication, has described his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) as basically the same with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in ideology.
According to Shittu, who served in President Muhammadu Buhari's first term, APC and PDP are similar when it comes to their ideological approach to governance.
Vanguard reports that the former minister, who spoke at The Frontliners, a programme organised by veteran journalists in Osun state, added that the APC may face crises ahead of 2023.
He predicted that the APC may find it difficult to gain as much votes as it got in 2019 during the next general election.
“There is no difference between APC and PDP in terms of ideology. I believe in the ideals of the progressives.
“In Oyo state, we had an APC government that imposed a fee of N3,000 each on pupils and a PDP government abolished it.
“Workers are now receiving their salaries regularly. Before Ajimobi left, he was owing workers a minimum of seven months salaries. Seyi Makinde came on board, he cleared the salary arrears," the former minister said.
He reportedly confirmed that there were frustrations within the party and that this would make it very difficult for the party to gain the support of Nigerians.
“Where will the vote come from in 2023 if the mandate of Buhari is no more on the ballot? I think that’s food for thought for those who can think well," Shittu said.
He accused Ajimobi of frustrating his bid to govern Oyo state in 2019, adding that governors have no reason to steal public funds.
“Ajimobi was against me succeeding him in office. He said he can’t afford to have Buhari as President and me as the governor in Oyo state.
"He said if I succeed him, he (Ajimobi) would spend his remaining lifetime in jail. There is no reason for any governor to steal public fund," he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported Buhari recently met with Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asking the body to ensure free and fair elections in 2023.
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