How Lai Mohammed betrayed Saraki, received ministerial appointment - Doyin Okupe

How Lai Mohammed betrayed Saraki, received ministerial appointment - Doyin Okupe

Doyin Okupe who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a member of Atiku Abubakar campaign has claimed that the minister of information, Lai Mohammed betrayed Bukola Saraki.

In a post on Facebook on Sunday, February 17, the former aide to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo claimed President Muhammadu Buhari had promised Saraki two ministerial slots but reneged.

Okupe said the ministerial slot earlier promised Saraki was eventually used to appoint Lai Mohammed.

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The former presidential aide claimed Lai Mohammed was in tear when summoned by Kwara elders over his appointment as minister but that the minister now was heading a movement to unseat Saraki.

Okupe wrote:

“Prior to the establishment of the PMB govt, certain agreements were reached with Principal stakeholders. Saraki was among the major stakeholders, haven being the single individual that raised the highest donation to the Buhari/Apc campaign. Far in excess of Asiwaju Tinubu or Amechi or anyone for that matter.

“Saraki was promised the post of Senate President and 2 ministerial slots.

“After May 29th Pmb called Saraki and apologised that he can only have one ministerial slot instead of the 2 previously agreed. Saraki most reluctantly but in deference to the President conceeded.

Shortly afterwards the president requested for another political favour from saraki. This time he wanted Saraki's consent to use the remaining one ministerial slot allocated to him ( saraki) to appoint Lai Mohammed as minister. This was a gruelsome blow to saraki who questioned why the President could not ask Asiwaju to accomodate Lai Mohammed in his own slot. The President confirmed to saraki that Asiwaju had blatantly refused to do so. A thoroughly perplexed saraki could only plead with the president to allow him go ack home in kwara and find the best way to break this heart shattering news to members of his political family in kwara.

“It was an unimaginable s scenario. It took more than sagacity and political dexterity for the request of the president to be accepted .But for Grace and very long lasting bonded relationship for the Saraki camp not to break up for this singular development.

“Lai Mohammed was summoned by the elders of the group including Alhaji Baraje and fmr governor Shabazz lafiaji and others.

“Lai Mohammed wept profusely, severally rolling on bare floor and swearing on every sacred institutions and objects of faith.

“The elders told him point blank that they do not trust him but they were doing this for God, the President and interest of their leader Buki Saraki.

“Today Lai Mohammed is the leader of a movement planning to unseat Saraki and destroy him politically.

“God almighty is not a rewarder of evil dooers.”

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Meanwhile, the federal government on Thursday, February 14, warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against throwing Nigerian into anarchy out of its desperation to grab power at all cost, saying Nigeria's unity and survival override any party's ambition.

A statement from Segun Adeyemi, an aide to Lai Mohammed, the information minister, quoted his principal as saying this in Ilorin, Kwara state while addressing journalists.

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