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2019: Lai Mohammed Should Account For Funds Collected – APC

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  1. The Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has joined calls for the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed to give an account of funds he collected on behalf of the party in the build up to the 2019 elections.

A statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Alh. Tajudeen Aro also reacted to a statement allegedly authored the former chairman of Kwara North, Chief Sunday Oyebiyi.

The statement read “Lately, newspapers pages have been awash with the interview of Governor Adbdulrahman Abdulrazaq on how he was ‘ dehumanized ‘ by the Minister for Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

“Our reaction as a party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, is to the disjointed write-up authored by the former Senatorial Chairman (Kwara North), Chief Sunday Oyebibiyi.

“We would expect that issues of this nature be treated with all precision, rather than the recourse to sheer libel and uncouth language from an elderly person like Oyebibiyi, who was a former exco and ought to know some of the issues in context. Unfortulately, Oyebibiyi’s mudslinging adds little value to the statement or public debate.

“Since 2018, three years down the road, it is necessary once again to explain the centrality of the crisis and sacrifices of the principal actors of the “O to ge.” Our party faithfuls deserve to know the truth about our present predicament. Knowing the truth does not mean apportioning blames or dishing out punishment. The truth is necessary for our liberation and progress as a party.

“The present political tinderbox is a problem foretold. We expected Oyebibiyi and his co-travellers to reveal why the flag off of our then gubernatorial candidate, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was cancelled by the party.

“We have it on good note that Alh Lai Muhammed instructed the then party Chairman, Hon. Omolaja Bolarinwa to cancel the flag off because he was not informed.

“Bolarinwa misled the exco into believing that an unfavorable security report was responsible for the cancellation. In fact we had to hurriedly recall some local governments who were on their way, for fear of attack by ” opponents.”

“Interestingly,we are yet to be convinced why the suspended former Chairman , Bolarinwa and the signatories to the party’s accounts refused to be audited in view of the verifiable incomes accrued to the party prior to the election.

“The actions of the party in the state prior to the election caused the current crisis and contributed the crack we are facing in the party.

“There were allegations that the campaign funds meant for the state was cornered by the self acclaimed leader, Lai Mohammed, and distributed as personal funds, reason for the call to audit the accounts of the party.

“The demand by the state Auditor to audit the party finances is in line with the party’s constitution which calls for annual auditing of the party’s income and expenditure.

“As an exco member, I once advised during a meeting that the party Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa address the allegations and put the festering crisis to rest.

“Unfortunately, the hot tempered party chairman resisted and things went out of control.

“These and many others are actions that the issues that forced the crack on the wall through which the lizard entered, took refuge and hibernated.

“Another reason for the APC’s crisis in Kwara has to do with how the party refused to accord the Governor respect and leadership position in the party .

“Oyebiyi should not forget so soon, during a meeting at the Government House,how Bolarinwa, rudely addressed our host, Governor Adbdulrahman Abdulrazaq. Despite the public knowledge of this disrespectful conduct, Bolarinwa, has not refuted the claims.

“However, one can say without any fear of contradiction that right from inception, those who constituted the core of the party in the State were tailored towards the interest of Lai Mohammed and their path was parallel to that of Governor. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

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Breaking: Saraki’s Cousin, Ex-Kwara Commissioner, Moronfoye Re-arraigned for Money Laundering, Contract Scam

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The aides to Governor Abubakar Bukola Saraki were today re-arraigned at the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC on charges bordering on abuse of office, diversion of public funds and money laundering..

Ope Saraki, a cousin to former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and a former Commissioner for Information in Kwara State, Olatunji Oyeyemi Moronfoye, were re-arraigned on separate charges before Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin.

The case, which first geared on May 13, 2015 before Justice A. O. Faji of the Federal High Court, Ilorin has suffered series of setbacks occasioned by transfer of trial judges.

Ope Saraki, as the Senior Special Assistant on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, allegedly received a cash payment of N11,180,000.00 (Eleven Million, One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira) from one Kunle Adimula, a sum which exceeded the cash amount payable to an individual.

Similarly, Moronfoye while being the Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, allegedly committed procurement fraud by means of unlawful influence in the award of two contracts involving renovation of Ijagbo Primary Health Centre and supply of medical equipment to two hospitals in Kwara State.

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Residents commend Gov Abdulrazaq for construction of road leading to Akogun Oyedepo’s house

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The residents around Overcomers Junction at Government Day Secondary School area, along University road have showered encomiums on Kwara state Governor, Adbdulrahman Abdulrazaq for the construction of the road leading to Chief Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo’s house.

The road which has been in a terrible state of disrepair over the years, has received the attention of Governor Abdulrazaq.

The residents of the area in a statement signed by the Secretary, Prince Oyebanji Yusuf said they were surprised that such a road despite its importance would receive such targeted attention, given the stance of a prominent critic of the government, who is a well known resident of the area.

The community association stated that the road would reduce traffic and enhance the economic development of the area, commending the Kwara State Government for spread of economic development across the state.

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Governor Abdulrazaq sponsors Nigeria’s youngest Commissioner for post graduate studies abroad

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The Kwara state Governor, Adbdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has sponsored the youngest Commissioner in Nigeria’s history on post graduate studies at the University of York, United Kingdom.

Abdulrazaq at his recent interview recalled the emphasis on the importance of succession of women and youths in every sphere of leadership, harping on the need to mentor the younger generation of politicians in order to achieve inclusive governance in the country.

Joana Nnazua Kolo, who was the former Commissioner for Youth and Sports was dropped during the last cabinet reshuffling, but has since been sponsored for a Masters programme at University of York, by the state government.

“When we chose the youth corps member who was our youngest commissioner then — she’s from Edu local government and a Christian. They brought several names to me, but I said I want a woman. Then they came up and said the only woman we have will finish her youth service next month. I said bring her, we will wait till next month to swear her in. The community brought her. Maybe it was deliberate to show that she’s in youth service, but we embraced her. And she’s done well. She’s not in the cabinet any more. We’re sponsoring her for a master’s programme in the UK. She’s had the experience but we have to also prepare her for the future. She’s had this experience. What next? We will mentor her” Governor Abdulrazaq stated in his recent interview with This Day.

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