Adebayo Shittu who spoke with newsmen in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital, said those who believed in him came to his aid to buy the forms as he couldn’t afford to pay the gubernatorial nomination and expression of interest forms of the ruling APC pegged at N22.5m.
According to the Minister who responded to the question of exorbitant fees charged by the party, he was a poor man and there was no way he could pay such a ‘huge money’. The N22.5m APC forms was gotten through his aides, Saheed Oladele, Head of Adebayo Shittu Strategy Committee and Malik Aderogba, Head of Special Tasks for Adebayo Shittu’s Campaign Organization penultimate Monday.
“It is inconceivable that I can have such money to buy the nomination form.
“Those very close to me knew this fact. That I cannot on my own put down N22.5million. As a minister under President Muhammadu Buhari, there was no way I could pay such money. This is not a PDP government and you cant have money like those under the PDP. I earn less than a million naira a month and there are people who depend on me for survival”.
He added, “It was those who believe that the best thing to happen to Oyo State is for Adebayo Shittu to become Governor that paid for the form. I thank God for the opportunities I have had in life and the greatest being the Minister.”
On his NYSC scandal, Adebayo Shittu said;
“I never pretended I did service. For me, and undoubtedly too, serving in the Oyo State House of Assembly at the time was on a higher service to my fatherland. And the matter was taken to the court and it was thrown out. Late Chief Bola Ige was my counsel then.”