South West governors yesterday stayed away from the inauguration of the zonal campaign office of President Muhammadu Buhari in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The host governor, Abiola Ajimobi, top government functionaries and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state also stayed away from the inauguration spearheaded by the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu. the of Muhammodu Buhari/ Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group was officially commissioned.
There have been insinuations that there is a cold war between Governor Ajimobi and Shittu over the 2019 governorship ambition of the Minister.
Sources close to Ajimobi disclosed that the governor believes that Shittu is using his closeness with the President to have a upper hand in the battle for the party’s ticket in 2019.
Apparently to shift attention away from the police official commissioning of the Buhari/Osinbajo campaign office by the Minister, Governor Ajimobi organised a rally at the Oyo APC’s Secretariat yesterday.
Speaking at the event, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, said President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, should be allowed to go for second term.
Other APC leaders who attended the event were: Minister for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole; Postmaster General, Mr. Bisi Adegbuyi; the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Senator Ayo Akinyelure; and Usman Ibrahim, National Coordinator of the group.
In his welcome address, Senator Nnamani, who was the Chairman of the occasion, declared that President Buhari has demonstrated that personal integrity is essential in governance.
The former Senate President, however, used the opportunity to call for internal decorum within the ruling APC in order to achieve success in next year polls.
He noted that the ruling party cannot achieve much without peace and unity, saying we have to stoop to conquer.
In his own remarks, Kalu said although President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo have not expressed their intention to rum in 2019, APC leaders were ready to support the duo if they eventually decided to run.
His words: “We stand for Buhari and Osinbajo. We are waiting for them to tell us that they will run. They have not told us that they will run, but Buhari will get the second term if he wishes so. We are not afraid to support him.”
On the perceived face-off between the governor and Shittu, Kalu said the rift is capable of jeopardising the fortune of the political party in the state in 2019.
The former Abia State governor, therefore, urged the duo to settle their differences in the interest of the party, saying “there is a rift between the minister and our governor, and we don’t that to continue.”
Shittu lamented that the opposition are hell bent on running the APC-controlled Federal Government down despite the tremendous achievements of he President in the last two and half years.