Barrister Adebayo Shittu has been a dogged politician, who is firm and resolute about what he wants and believes in.
He held his first elective position has a member of the Oyo state house of assembly between Oct 1979- Sep 1983, and since then he has held several other political offices till he moved his political clout from the state to the national level as Minister of Communications during the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He however suffered the consequences of putting up a resistance to the former governor of Oyo State Sen Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, has he was denied a gubernatorial ticket in the last election.
However, In this article, we explore 5 reasons why Barrister Adebayo Shittu is a political phenomenon not only in Oyo state but in Nigeria.
1- Party Ideology.
One of the challenges to the sustainability of democracy and the evolution of a robust political system and process in Nigeria, is the gale of defections in the country.
This has to a large scale led to a lean political base in the country, that are consistent in the political philosophies, beliefs, values and convictions.
Developed democracies like the United States, Germany, France and United Kingdom have politicians with over 3 decades of experience in politics without wavering in party affiliations and ideologies.
However despite losing confidence in the leadership and process of the party, Barr Adebayo Shittu remained in the All Progressives Congress.
2 CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARTY
As a committed and founding member of the All Progressives Congress, he did not spared any effort to develop the party; deepen the party’s successes and enhancing its performance in future elections. To this end, he has done the following for the Oyo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress:
1. DONATED 2 NOS. (18 SEATER) BUSES TO THE STATE CHAPTER OF
THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS.
2. DONATED A TOTAL OF 5 NOS. (18 SEATER) BUSES TO THE FOLLOWING LOCAL
GOVERNMENT CHAPTERS OF OUR PARTY: (THIS IS WITH A VIEW TO EASING
THE TRANSPORTATION AND OPERATIONAL PROBLEMS OF THE VARIOUS
CHAPTERS OF THE PARTY AND TO DEEPEN THE OUTREACH AND
PENETRATION OF THE PARTY AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVELS.)
a) APC, Saki West Local Government Chapter
b) APC, Ido Local Government Chapter
c) APC, Ogbomoso North Local Government Chapter
d) APC, Ogbomoso South Local Government Chapter
e) APC, Egbeda Local Government Chapter.
3. EARLY IN 2018 AND IN PREPARATION FOR THE THEN FORTHCOMING 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS, HE ESTABLISHED A MULTI-PARTISAN POLITICAL CAMPAIGN PLATFORM TO GET THE ENDORSEMENT AND SUPPORT OF THE ENTIRE OYO STATE ELECTORATE FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY OF PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND VICE- PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO. THE PLATFORM WAS CALLED “OTO L’EGBE; OTO L’ENIA”.
3 CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY
In a bid to ease the sufferings of our people and bring smiles to the faces of the common man and in realization of the importance of water as the source of life, Bayo you can trust tried to alleviate some of the water problems of our people. To this end,
He had done the following:
i. Built 3 Nos. Mechanised Water Boreholes in parts of Shaki-West Local
Government Area of Oke-Ogun in Oyo State in addition to a 4th one donated
by MTN Foundation to my homestead of Isale-Kooko Quarters, Shaki. The
first three are located at:
a. Beside Kakako Compound, Sango, Shaki.
b. Beside Shehu Alimi Compound, Aiyekale, Shaki.
c. Opposite Kinnikinni Primary School, Kinnikinni, Shaki.
ii. Built 3 Nos. Mechanised Water Boreholes in parts of Iseyin Local
Government in Oke-Ogun Area of Oyo State. They are located at:
a. Near Festus Adelabu Compound, Malete, Iseyin.
b. Near Peller’s House, Peller Road, Iseyin.
c. Beside Baptist Primary School, Ajegunle, Ado-Awaye, Iseyin
iii. Built 6 Nos. Mechanized Water Boreholes in 6 different Local
Government Areas of Ibadan land. They are located at:
a. Aba Alfa Bus-stop, Olomi area, Oluyole L/G, Ibadan.
b. Ayekale Bus-stop, Ona-Ara L/G, Ibadan.
c. Opposite C.A.C Oke Imole, Agbowo Express, Agbowo,
Ibadan North L/G, Ibadan
d. Lanese Bus-Stop Aremo, Ibadan North East L/G,
e. Beside Lam Adesina’s former office, Oba Adetunji way,
Popoyemoja, Ibadan South West L/G, Ibadan.
f. Odo Oba Bus-stop, Ibadan South East L/G, Ibadan
iv. Built 4 Nos. Mechanised Boreholes in Oyo Constituency as follows:
a. Ile Okoro, Sembe, OkeOlola, Atiba Local Government, Oyo
b. Oja Oke, illora, Afijio Local Government, Oyo
c. Ile Olori, Tangba, Oyo East Local Government
d. IsekeTuntun, Ilora Road, Oyo West Local Government
v. 3 Nos. ongoing Mechanized Boreholes in Ogbomoso land as follows:
a. Alafon Village, via Adafila, near Ikoyi, Oriire Local
b. Alebiosun village, via Iwo-Ate, OgoOluwa Local Government Area
c. Market Square Iresa-Apa, Surulere Local Government Area
(These 3 are ongoing)
4 EDUCATION AND ICT DEVELOPMENT
Since Education is the best legacy that can be bequeathed to any society or
people and in realization of the place of ICT in education and indeed, the modern
world, I have also done the following for our people:
1. Facilitated the Donation/construction of a N250,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and
Fifty Million Naira) Computer Center/ICT Hub at the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic,
2. Facilitated the Donation/Construction of ICT Schools’ Knowledge
Centres in the following Secondary Schools across Oyo State:
a. Orita Aperin Boys High School, OritaAperin, Ibadan
b. Oolo Community Grammar School, Oolo, Oriire Local Government,
c. Abiodun Atiba Grammar School, Kosobo, Oyo
d. Muslim Grammar School, OkeTaasi, Sepeteri
e. Kishi Community Grammar School, Igbeti Road, Kishi
f. Muslim High School, Igbeti
Facilitated the establishment of a multi-million Naira ICT Centre/Hub at Shaki Parapo High School, Sango, Shaki.
He also facilitated the installation of Wide Area Network (WAN) at The
Facilitated the on-going construction of a multi-million Naira ICT Centre/Hub at
the Women Development Centre, Samonda, Ibadan.
Facilitated the donation of a multi-million Naira ICT Centre/Hub at the
Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo
Facilitated the donation/construction of another ICT Centre/Hub at Old
Ife Road, Ibadan.
8. Facilitated the Establishment of a Police Secondary School at Igboora in
Sponsored 12 citizens of Oyo State at Masters’ Degree Level.
10.Awarded Scholarships for 15 indigent students of Oyo State extraction to facilitate their professional training at the Nigerian Law School.
Purchased and Donated an 18-Seater Bus to the Baptist High
School, Shaki on the occasion of her 60th Year Anniversary in February, 2018.
Actively promoted the establishment of an I.C.T PARK for the Ministry of
Communications within the ABUJA TECHNOLOGY VILLAGE.
Actively promoted the establishment of an I.C.T. Developmental Bank to
provide regular and sustained financial succor for stakeholders of I.C.T
5 EMPLOYMENT / EMPOWERMENT
a. Facilitated the recruitment of more than 50 Oyo State indigenes into various
Federal Government Parastatals.
b. Planned the organization/sponsorship of a State-wide Youth Summit in March,
2018 towards empowering them for self-employment.
Rendered financial support/succor to hundreds of Nigerians to meet various
needs such as house rents, school fees, medical treatment etc
Facilitated overseas (Indian) medical assistance for six patients with Kidney
problems through some telecom service providers.
Facilitated the rehabilitation and expansion of Shaki Water Works by the Federal
Ministry of Water Resources vide official letter of FMWR dated 8th January, 2020.
Facilitated the establishment of 2 X 60 MVA Electricity Substation in Shaki for the
entire Oke-Ogun Zone of Oyo State.
Facilitated the opening up of Ikere George Dam in Iseyin Local Government Area
for utilization of its resources for irrigation farming and exploitation to
produce/generate 6 mhz of Electricity which would be enough for the whole of
Oke-Ogun Zone of Oyo State.