Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday, February 18, replied Doyin Okupe, a former aide to Goodluck Jonathan, over the latter’s claim that he betrayed Bukola Saraki, the Senate president.
In a statement issued by his aide, Segun Adeyemi, Mohammed said he owed his appointment as minister to President Muhammdu Buhari and not Saraki.
The minister said: “The attention of the honourable minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has been drawn to a statement issued by the special adviser (media) to the director general of the PDP presidential campaign council, Dr Doyin Okupe, in which he bold-facedly credited Senate President Bukola Saraki with the appointment of Alhaji Mohammed as minister.
“The entire statement by Dr Okupe is nothing but fiction writing, for which he deserves a hall of infamy award (in the fiction writing segment). Not one of the claims he made in his statement is true.
“For the record, Alhaji Lai Mohammed owes his appointment as minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to President Muhammadu Buhari and no one else. It is therefore laughable that anyone will seek to take credit for that appointment.
“We challenge Dr Okupe, who concocted the story in question, to make available to Nigerians any evidence he may have to support his assertion that the President sought the permission of Dr. Saraki to appoint Alhaji Mohammed as minister.
“We understand that Dr Okupe’s cheap attempt at mud-throwing is nothing but a proxy fight, rooted deeply in the politics of Kwara state,” he said.
Continuing, the statement added: “We are aware that Dr Okupe’s boss is feeling the heat emanating from the ‘O To Ge’ (enough is enough) movement in Kwara, and that even the strongest of men will become disoriented and disillusioned at losing the support of a people who once venerated them to high heavens.
“But that is a self-inflicted wound for which Okupe’s boss, an acclaimed slave master, has no one but himself to blame.
“Alhaji Mohammed is very proud to lead the ‘O To Ge‘ movement that is set to finally bring down the Berlin Wall of political hegemony in Kwara State and send Dr Okupe’s boss into political oblivion.
“That will also free Dr Okupe himself from merely being his master’s voice, so he can fully devote his time to his new-found pastime – fiction writing.”
Continentour.com.ng earlier reported that Doyin Okupe, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a member of Atiku Abubakar campaign, claimed that Lai Mohammed betrayed Bukola Saraki.
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