OYO Guber race: President Buhari backs Adebayo to contest

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the request of the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shiitu, to contest the 2019 governorship election, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a letter dated 27th August, 2018, titled “re:request for Mr. president’s approval to contest for the governorship of Oyo state during the 2019 gubernatorial election,” conveying his approval, President Buhari noted the passionate efforts of the Minister before and after the 2015 election, which led to the victory of the party at the Federal Government level.

He also conveyed his personal gratitude and on behalf of the National Executive Council and fellow Nigerians, wish him well in his plans to govern the people of his state.

While reiterating his commitment to free and fair elections, the President assured the Minister that his administration will provide the necessary support for the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to organize free and fair elections in the country.

The statement reads; “I have today received your letter notifying me of your intention to contest for the governorship of Oyo state in the 2019 general elections.

“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 your ambition to be Governor of Oyo state. Rest assured that all the security agencies, as well as INEC, will have my full support to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in 2019.”

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