The Financial Secretary of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State, Mohammed Tajudeen, has reacted to the assertions made by some lawmakers of the state House of Assembly regarding the financier of their campaign in the 2019 election.
On Saturday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed, said while commissioning the new party secretariat of the Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa-led faction of the APC, that he funded the 2019 election campaign of all the then party’s House of Assembly candidates in the state.
The lawmakers, on Sunday, denied the minister’s claim and confessed that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq –who was then the party’s governorship candidate– was the one that supported them financially during the campaign.
In his reaction, Tajudeen told newsmen in Ilorin on Monday that the lawmakers acknowledged the receipt of the sum of N500,000 and mischievously claimed that the money was from the national secretariat.
He said: “Yesterday, members of the Kwara State House of Assembly addressed a press conference to debunk the claim that their election was funded by Alhaji Lai Mohammed to the tune of N500,000 each. They confirmed the receipt of the sum of N500,000, but mischievously claimed that the money was from the national secretariat.
“As the custodians of the party’s accounts, we want to restate that the said money was released to them by Alhaji Lai Mohammed and transferred to them through the party’s account.”
According to him, the lawmakers are in self-denial in order to satisfy their pay master and their desperation for second term ticket.
“How could they have won an election that the Governor had publicly declared that he didn’t give the party a kobo to prosecute? If they are incapable of saying the truth because of the largesse they get from oga (master) and the fear of losing illusory second term tickets, they should at least have a sense of history and remember that posterity is the greatest judge,” he added.155