Members of the All Progressives Congress loyal to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Kwara State and opposed to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, known as “APC Loyal,” have announced their defection to the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The former secretariat of the faction at 26 Abdulrazaq Road, Flower Garden, GRA, Ilorin, has been branded with the SDP symbol and adorned with posters of members interested in contesting 2023 elections on the platform of the SDP. The Kwara-South Senatorial chairman of the “APC Loyal” faction, Mr Rasak Alabi, who spoke on behalf of the defecting members, said they had lost confidence in the chairmanship of the APC led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu because of his allegiance to Governor AbdulRazaq. He said, “Despite our endurance in the face of the inhuman treatment meted to us in the party, it will be correct to suggest that the Kwara State governor, working in tandem with the former National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mallam Mai Mala Buni has decided to edge us out of the party against our wish. “And to make matters worse, Senator Abdulahi Adamu, who once headed the party’s National Reconciliation Committee, has denied us fair hearing but rather turned himself to Governor AbdulRazaq’s solicitor and advocate, is now the party’s national chairman. How then can we be hopeful of getting justice in this circumstance? “We do not think we have a future in this party any longer and it will be safer for us to look elsewhere where our democratic views and opinions will be respected.” “If the national leadership of the party does not believe that we are politically relevant in the state, we need to make them understand also that the man they que behind is also a blown fuse and not capable of leading the party to any victory in the state,
The Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has summoned the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, over a parallel state secretariat the minister opened in Ilorin, Kwara State. The National Secretariat sent two letters to the minister inviting him to come and explain why disciplinary measures should not be taken against him for the action. This is coming on the heels of a threat by the State Caretaker Committee Chairman, Alhaji Samari Abubakar, to sanction the minister for anti-party activities. A source at the Secretariat said the party has received a report of anti-party activities against the minister. “I know that Lai Mohammed has been summoned. The Caretaker Committee sent him two letters asking him to explain the rationale behind a factional party secretariat he opened in Kwara,” the source said The party’s National Secretary John James Akpanudoedehe said he could not deny or confirm the invitation to Muhammed but added that APC leadership would not tolerate anyone who tries to divide the party at any level. Akpanudoehede said the Committee was committed to ensuring peace at all levels of the party, hence “the need to invite the Minister to interface with a committee”. “The Minister is an elder and we shall accord him the much respect and the party will not allow anything to put him to disrepute. The party on another hand will no allow anybody to violate its constitution,” the Secretary stated.
The Minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called for cancellation of the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kwara State. The minister made the call on Monday at a press conference in Oro, his country home in Irepodun local government area of the state after he stated that his findings across the one hundred and eighty-three wards across the sixteen local governments of the state showed that the exercise did not follow the stipulated guidelines of the party. The minister among others also called for the disbandment of Senator John Dan Boyi committee sent to the state by the national headquarters of the party saying that his activities were one-sided. Alh Lai Mohammed who also indicted, the Speaker of the state house of assembly and some top government officials and the police in the irregularities of the exercise in the state said that the party’s committee in the state only worked with one out of the four existing tendencies of the party in the state. The minister said; “we, the critical stakeholders of the APC in Kwara State, hereby demand the following: “Immediate cancellation of the APC Membership Registration Exercise in Kwara State and the putting in place of a process to ensure the conduct of a credible and fair exercise that will enjoy the support and confidence of all. “The Immediate disbandment of the Senator John Danboyi-led Membership Registration Committee for Kwara State. A vast majority of the APC stakeholders in the state have lost confidence in the committee. “The constitution of a fresh Membership Registration Committee that is truly independent, non-compromised and sensitive to the delicate diverse interests in the party. “A thorough investigation into the botched membership registration exercise by the Senator John Danboyi-led committee.”
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has alleged that some world powers have refused to sell to Nigeria weapons needed to fight insurgency in the country. Mohammed made the comment when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja, on Thursday. The minister, who did not reveal the name of the alleged world powers, appealed to them not to be swayed by unsubstantiated arguments to deny the country vital platforms and weapons to fight insecurity. He added that when needed weapons are denied, the international community cannot accuse Nigeria of failing in its fight against insecurity. “I want to use this opportunity to say that the international community can help us better than they are doing right now. To fight terrorists we need platforms and weapons,” Mohammed said. “When the international community is weighed by unsubstantiated arguments to deny the country of vital platforms and weapons to fight insecurity, you cannot turn round to accuse the country of not fighting terrorism. “For more than two to three years now, we have paid for certain vital weapons that they have not released to us and they even refused to give us spare parts. “I think our appeal to them is that they should please help Nigeria to provide us with these sensitive platforms so that we can fight insecurity more effectively.” The minister said for Nigerians to fairly assess the efforts of the federal government in the fight against insecurity, they should compare where the country was pre-2015 and today. He said to better appreciate what the government is doing in the area of security, Nigerians should take a global survey to understand that unrest, terrorism, and mindless violence cut across the globe. “People should recognise the fact that today, people have weaponised the issues of religion and ethnicity,” he said. “We are dealing with extremely unreasonable people, whether
Tonnie Iredia, former director-general of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), says Lai Mohammed, minister of information, cannot regulate broadcasting as a politician. Speaking during a live TV programme on Wednesday, Iredia faulted Lai’s involvement in the amendment of the code of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Tuesday. Iredia, who is a professor of broadcast management and media law, said the minister has hijacked the duties of the director-general of the NBC. He said: “Everybody expects a broadcasting commission to be an autonomous body that has no place in politics. If you listen to the news, who has been speaking? The minister of Information. Is he the director-general of the NBC? “When the minister is speaking, there is no way broadcasters can see that the regulator is speaking. He is not a regulator. “He should leave the broadcasters in the NBC to do their professional duty. The law gives him the right to supervise but not to take over the job. “The moment the minister is speaking, no matter how well-intentioned he may be, the people become suspicious because he belongs to a political divide and whatever he says is likely to be used against the opposition and I think this is a natural thing.” Iredia accused the NBC of shutting out stakeholders in the broadcast industry while drafting the new code. “For the first time in the history of broadcasting in this country, the code was not done the way it used to be done,” he said. “This time around, the NBC just rolled out a number of things that it felt should be in the code and did not hold consultations with the stakeholders like the previous managers of the system did where you first of all hold consultation and everybody will look at it. “There will be a document (which) you will bring it out at the