The Minister of information and Culture and stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Alh. Lai Mohammed has claimed that he raised money from politicians, friends and family ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Mohammed made this claim at the official commissioning of the APC factional party secretariat located at No. 26 Reservation Road, GRA, Ilorin on Saturday.
Debunking rumors of mismanagement of 2019 campaign funds leveled against him by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the Minister said:
”I raised money from politicians, friends and family ahead of 2019 general elections. We distributed cars and 500 motorcycles for grassroots campaign and mobilization. The evidences are there, I have all the records. I am not accountable to Governor Abdulrazaq. The party leaders and members are aware of all my sacrifices for OTOGE revolution. The governor is an ingrate!”
The Minister also accused the member representing Irepodun/Isin/Oke-ero/Ekiti Federal Constituency, Hon Raheem Olawuyi Ajuloopin of mismanaging N100million given to him before November 2018 bye-election.
Speaking on the forthcoming party congresses, Mohammed said the APC will not conduct party Congress in Kwara State until every existing and new members have been revalidated and registered respectively.
The Minister said the APC National Caretaker Chairman, Mai Mala Buni gave the assurance during a meeting with Kwara Chapter Stakeholders in Abuja recently.
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“Buni said there will be no congress in Kwara and three other states until existing members revalidate their membership. Alhaji Abubakar Audu Makama accompanied me to the meeting and we believe the party chairman. I implore all of you (party members) to revalidate your APC Membership and mobilize new members to register,” he explained.
Earlier, Kwara APC Chairman, Hon Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa urged loyal party members to be resolute and support party leadership to consolidate on success recorded in 2019 amidst distractions.
Prof Oba Abdulraheem, Hon Ganiyu Cook Olododo, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, Hon Saheed Popoola, Rex Olawoye, Alhaji Audu Abubakar and thousands of Party members graced the event.