Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state has said that Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed is of no political value in his ward in the North Central state.
The Governor who has been at loggerheads with Lai Mohammed, in an interview with ThisDay also countered the Minister’s claim of raising a major part of the funds for the 2019 elections in the state, which the APC won by a landslide.
Abdulrazaq accused Lai Mohammed of hiding some of the donations from him and staying in Abuja, without knowing what was happening in Kwara during the election.
“Everything that was donated, Lai Mohammed did not declare to the party, or to me. Some were direct donations to me.
“Some were sent to Kwara APC but there’s no governor, no minister. He was sitting there in Abuja, he did not know how we held the election.
“He did not know how we campaigned. He was in Abuja. Ask Minister Lai Mohammed, how many times he comes to Kwara? Our two ministers don’t come to Kwara. They are in Abuja. Both of them. Lai goes to Lagos. That’s his home.
“That’s where his son is a member of the Lagos state house of assembly. That’s where his family is. He has no house here. He doesn’t come here. As our minister, he doesn’t come home. Same with Gbemi Saraki. She doesn’t come. So it’s like we don’t have a minister.
“That’s why the pressure is on the governor. In other states, you have ministers relieving that pressure. Everything coming to the state, they stay in Abuja and hijack it. They are running from one ministry to the other to try and hijack things from Abuja. In terms of resources, they just took everything.”
He also said that Lai Mohammed only makes noise on the media and does not have any political influence in his ward. The Kwara state Governor also stated that all members of the state house of assembly are on his side, except one who is in the minister’s camp.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq added;
“They’re noisy in the media, not on ground. Lai cannot win an election in his ward. They’re good with social media noise. That’s all they do. But nobody’s asking how each member of the state assembly emerged. How did they manipulate their way to win their seats?
“There was no godfather, putting people in place, everybody struggled to emerge. We would network and work with each other. No godfather. Everybody struggled in their own way. Yes, I gave money, and they also sourced money for themselves.
“So everybody struggled to win this thing. But some people will sit down and say that it is their party. It is this or that, that I don’t have anybody. If I don’t have anybody, I have all the legislators with me. Is that not something? Let them tell me, they have people.
“How many legislators do they have both in the state and national assembly on their side? It’s just a whole lot of media hype. Lai came a few months ago to make noise that he sponsored the campaign, did this and that. He made a lot of noise and pushed it to NTA.”