“There would be no APC Congress in Kwara State” Lai Muhammed Threatens

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has refuted and denied the allegations that he diverted campaign funds to personal use during the elections.

Mohammed revealed how he sourced for funds to finance the run-off and 2019 elections in Kwara state which the All Progressive Congress won landslide in front of party Stakeholders at the inauguration of a new party Secretariat in the state.

The Minister at the inauguration in Ilorin said “By the grace of God, I single-handedly, with the support of friends, politicians and families raised all the money for the five elections. I challenge anybody here to say who gave the party one penny apart from what I gave them. The money paid to party agents and leaders to mobilise voters was raised by me,”

“I challenge anybody here to say that he gave logistic support to the party, I did it by the grace of God. I distributed 500 motorcycles, 20 vehicles and many of the beneficiaries are here.”

He mentioned that if he had not deployed the funds he raised judiciously, the party would not have been able to record the resounding success in the elections.

Muhammed alleged that during the re-run election in the constituency, the lawmaker could only account for N30 million out of the N100 million raised.

He stressed that it was unfortunate that after he laboured with other party leaders to win Kwara for APC, the governor and his cohorts were maligning him.

The minister said he met with the APC Caretaker Chairman and governor of Yobe, Mai-Mala Buni, who gave the assurance that there will be no APC congress in Kwara until all members of the party are duly registered and have revalidated their membership.

The state chairman of APC, Bashir Bolarinwa, said the minister led the campaigns that resulted in the overwhelming defeat of PDP in the last elections.

Representing Ilorin East and South in the House of Representatives AbdulGaniyu Olododo hailed the minister’s effort during the otoge struggle that birth the current leadership in the state.

The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof Oba AbdulRaheem, for his part urged Kwarans not to back out on their support for the party.

Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, who debunked insinuations that the governor is facilitating federal appointments for Kwarans, hailed the minister’s role in the struggle that birthed the new leadership in the state.

Other party leaders, present at the event, were Tajuden Audu Makama, Chief Rex Olawoyin, Saheed Popoola among others.

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