- Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says he won't run for political office in 2019
- The minister stated this at a political summit organized by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ilorin on Thursday, August 9
- He called on members of the party to subordinate individual ambitions to collective efforts
Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has clarified that he won't run for political office in 2019.
The minister stated this at a political summit organized by the Kwara chapter of the APC in Ilorin, the state capital, on Thursday, August 9.
He called on members of the party to subordinate individual ambitions to collective efforts in order to defeat the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
He charged people of the state to resolve to take their destiny into their own hands and take back what rightly belongs to them.
His words: “If we all remain united, we can’t and we won’t lose the looming battle for the survival of our dear state. All that is required is for us all to subordinate our individual ambitions to the collective efforts work to wrest our state from the hegemony of a set of people.
“On my own part, I can say here, without equivocating, that I won’t be running for any office during the forthcoming elections. For me, it is not about any clamour for office. It is about working with all like minds for the greater benefit of our people.
“Make no mistake about it, the battle ahead will be tough. No one with power will ever give it up easily. But the power of the people supersedes all powers. That’s why I am delighted and indeed encouraged, that the good people of our state, whether from the North, South or Central, are all united in their singular determination to rescue their state from the grinding poverty, monumental misgovernance and the general state of funk that has enveloped it.
“In this new dispensation, every Kwaran counts and will have a voice. The resources of Kwara will be used for the development of the state and its people. Never again will our people be turned to panhandlers, never again will our people be made to eat crumbs from the master’s table. We must become the masters of our own destiny.”
Other speakers at the event also called on leaders of the party to find a measure to discourage disunity and acrimony that usually occur after party primaries by selecting qualified and winnable aspirants for 2019 general elections in the party.
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Meanwhile, a former chieftain of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has asked the public to dismiss what he described as “misinformation and a cheap blackmail,” suggesting Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has close ties with sacked Directorate of State Security (DSS) boss, Mr Lawal Daura.
He, however called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to investigate the circumstances that led to the invasion of the DSS by masked DSS operatives.
Comrade Frank asked Osinbajo to look the way of APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomohle, his deputy Niyi Adebayo, the chief of staff to the president Abba Kyari and Daura in his the investigations.
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