- Alhaji Lai Mohammed says some of Senate President Bukola Saraki's loyalists holding federal executive positions will soon be removed
- The minister said Kwara elections, like that of the general poll, would be issue-based, devoid of ethnicity, religion or gender
- Mohammed stressed that in 40 years of the Saraki family in power in Kwara, the state has no portable water for people to drink, adding that workers have been pauperised
- The minister also said that the claim by the opposition that the APC would take Kwara to the southwest zone was incorrect
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says some of the loyalists of the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, holding federal executive positions, will soon be shown the way out.
The minister disclosed this on Thursday, January 10, in Ilorin, at a ceremony organised by the Kwara state All Progressives Congress to sensitise and mobilise the party’s women leaders ahead of the forthcoming general elections, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the minister said that despite Saraki allegedly using his position to sabotage national development to the detriment of the people, his loyalists from Kwara state were still occupying executive positions.
He said the federal government would not hesitate to sack those beneficiaries in executive positions.
"Some of the people they nominated to the boards of government’s agencies and parastatals are still there, yet they claim that Kwara has not benefitted from this federal government. These people, some of whom are holding executive positions, will soon be shown the way out," he said.
Mohammed said Kwara elections, like that of the general poll, would be issue-based, devoid of ethnicity, religion or gender. He said the issues the APC is concerned with in Kwara have to do with good governance and a better life for the people.
"The main issues here have to do with how our state has been governed in the past 50 years, 40 of which have been dominated by a single family.
"What has happened to the commonwealth, which has been cornered by a single dynasty at the expense of the people. Where are the roads and other infrastructure to justify the huge resources that have accrued to the state?
"If you follow a path for so long, and it leads you nowhere, won’t you try another path? These are the issues," he said.
The minister stressed that in 40 years of the Saraki family in power, the state has no portable water for people to drink, adding that workers had been pauperised because of non-payment of their salaries.
He said the Saraki dynasty in Kwara had rendered the quality of life of the people to the lowest point.
On the contrary, the minister said that the APC in its campaign had been proudly showcasing what the federal government had achieved since assuming office in 2015.
"Ask them who tarred the Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa road that they (PDP) took to Bode Saadu, where they launched their campaign a few days ago. That road was impassable during the time of the PDP, the same party they are now touting as the one with the magic wand," he said.
Mohammed said that contrary to the lies of the opposition, PDP, President Muhammadu Buhari was not the reason the states had not performed.
He said: "Ask them what they did with the several bailouts they received from the federal government.
"Ask them why they could not pay workers’ salaries despite getting bailouts and Paris Club refund; they claim they are helping the state to offset workers salaries.
"Remind them that they are only returning some of the commonwealth they have looted. They are only doing so out of panic."
The minister also said that the claim by the opposition that the APC would take Kwara to the south-west zone was incorrect.
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the people of Kwara had resolved to wrestle power from the hands of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his loyalists, come 2019.
The minister made the assertion at a political summit in Ilorin. He stated that the people of the state were more united now, to rescue Kwara from grinding poverty and mis-governance.
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