Irepodun APC stakeholders berate Minister over snide comments on membership registration
APC stakeholders in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State has condemned the snide comments made by Hon. Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on the party’s membership registration.
In a communiqué signed by eminent personalities from Irepodun LG, the minister was accused of staging a disinformation campaign after taking part in the registration exercise in his hometown in Oro.
The statement read in part:
“Although the Hon. Minister claimed in his press statement to hail from Ifelodun, it is common knowledge that his hometown, Oro, falls within Irepodun.
“The stakeholders in Irepodun completely disassociate ourselves and our Local Government from the Minister’s wild claims.
“The registration in Irepodun Local Government has gone on smoothly with official documents (registration forms and registers) used properly and the guidelines painstakingly followed.
“If the Honourable minister consulted and respect his associates, including Ambassador Niyi Abioye, and foot soldiers, who registered without any problem and even displayed their slips on social media, he would not be putting up this utterly reckless campaign.
“In Oro Wards 1 and 2, the immediate constituency of the Honourable Minister, the exercise took place smoothly with huge turn out and registration of members. The exercise was so successful that the forms supplied were exhausted in most units by Friday. Despite that, a space was consciously reserved for the Honourable Minister to register.
“If the registers were hoarded , where did the Hon. Minister get his form and register for the exercise?
“Irepodun was duly represented at the APC Stakeholders meeting on the registration exercise at Government Banquet Hall, Ilorin, two weeks ago. Among the attendees were Kwara South Chairman, Hon. Olayemi Olabanji, the Member representing Irepodun Local Givernment in the State House if Assembly, Hon. Tayo Awodiji, and notable leaders including Prince Shuaib Olanrewaju and Oloriewe Raheem Adedoyin.”
The stakeholders expressed disappointment that the Hon. Minister hid under a nebulous tendencies creation to spread disinformation.
They noted that “in Irepodun where the Minister actually hails from, there is no such grouping. None of our elected party and legislative leaders in Irepodun including APC Kwara South Chairman, Hon. Olayemi Olabanji, our representative at the National Assembly, Hon. Raheem Olawuyi Ajulo and our representatives at the Kwara Stare House of Assembly, Hon. Tayo Awodiji belongs to the so- called Fagbemi Group which the Minister and his cohorts have been conveniently maligning.
“Indeed, our elected and other frontline leaders were in the forefront of the APC parallel congress of 2018 whose participants have now been fraudulently categorised as Lai Group.
“In conclusion, Irepodun Local Government stakeholders disassociate ourselves from the disinformation being spread by the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed on the ongoing registration exercise.
“Indeed, the success of the exercise in Alh. Lai Mohammed’s domain is so huge that our people are already clamouring for more registration forms,” they said.
The statement was signed by:
1. Hon. Olayemi Olabanji
APC Kwara South Senatorial Chairman
2. Hon. Raheem Olawuyi (Ajulo),
Member, Federal House of Representatives, Abuja.
3. Hon. Tayo Awodiji
Member, Kwara State House of Assembly, Ilorin.
4. Princess Olubukola Babalola,
Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Ilorin.
5. Elder Agboola Adewumi,
Member, APC Kwara State Caretaker Executive
6. Prince Shuaib Olanrewaju
7. Oloriewe Raheem Adedoyin
8. Dr. Bashir Ibrahim
9. Alh. Raheem Olokoba
10. Prince Samuel Alebiosu
11. Barr. Teju Oguntoye
12 Gen. Lasisi Abidoye( Rtd)
13. Mr. Debo Adeleke
14. Mrs Deborah Aremu
15. Mrs Oluwatoyin Opawoye
16 Comrade Ben Duntoye
17. Chief Gbenga Awoyale( Orisun)
18. Chief Raphael Awotunde
19. Dr. Sule Popoola
20. Mr. Femi Ajibade
21 Mrs Shade Omoniyi