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Alao-Akala can’t lead Oyo APC reconciliation- Ex-minister, Shitu

Olufemi Olaniyi

A former Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shitu has said former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State is not qualified to lead in the reconciliation of the aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

Shitu described the reconciliation committee set up by the late Senator Abiola Ajimobi as unnecessary, saying the Chief Bisi Akande led reconciliation committee set up by the National Working Committee of the party should be allowed to do the job.

Shitu, who had a sharp disagreement with Ajimobi while he was the governor said there was no way the Unity Forum which he belonged to would be fairly treated if the reconciliation committee set up by Ajimobi was allowed to do the job.

Shitu said this while featuring in a radio programme in Ibadan on Saturday.

He said, “I am talking about trust now, it is like parties that have a case and they are supposed to go to a judge who is impartial, who is not interested in the matter. If a party in a case has to go before a judge who perhaps belongs to one of the two groups, there won’t be fairness.

“So, with due respect to Chief Alao- Akala, I believe that he is the least qualified to lead in the circumstances of Oyo State.

“My suggestion is the Bisi Akande led committee which members are not from Oyo State, should call both sides, listen to them as an uninterested party and then give recommendations and then we will be able to make progress.

“My message is, I am interested in the growth and development of the party, this committee led by Alao-Akala, I don’t think any good thing will come out of it. I am sure I can speak for the Unity Forum that we don’t believe that the committee can competently and impartially do that.”