SHITTU SAGA : "I Know Many Politicians Who Did Not Go Through NYSC"

The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, yesterday said he was not the only one that skipped the mandatory national youth service.

Reacting to his disqualification by the All Progressives Congress to seek the party’s ticket for the governorship election in Oyo State, he said there were many aspirants that did not also participate in the National Youth Service Corps scheme.

He said the APC was wrongly advised to disqualify him, alleging that the party was acting a “poorly written” script of Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his cohorts.

The minister said he received the news of his disqualification with shock and disbelief having successfully gone through the screening process by the party’s screening committee.

Shittu asked his supporters to remain calm and be loyal to the party “as we resolve the issue politically.

“On the issue of NYSC, I had made my position known and there’s no need to repeat myself but I wish to further add that the position of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) is unambiguous on the qualification for participating in governorship election. I want to believe that the NWC was wrongly advised to disqualify me. I do not want to agree that a script is being acted, if at all, it is poorly written.

“On this note, I have forwarded an appeal for the NWC to review and reconsider the decision not to clear me. It is my prayer and hope that this appeal process would afford our leaders the rare opportunity to salvage our party from the potentially destructive precipice into which APC in Oyo State is being pushed by the political shenanigans of  Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his cohorts, many of whom have also never served in the NYSC scheme but are also seeking new elective positions,” he said.