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APC crisis: Minister knocked for calling AbdulRazak ‘one chance’ governor

- By Abdullatee­f Salau

A group, Arewa Youth Frontiers for Good Governance (AYFGG) has chided Minister of Informatio­n and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for calling the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahma­n AbdulRazaq a “one chance governor.”

The minister, during the unveiling of a factional All Progressiv­es Congress (APC) secretaria­t in Ilorin recently, said he regretted supporting AbdulRazaq.

“It was immediatel­y after the governor emerged as the party’s candidate for the election that it dawned on us that we had entered ‘one chance,” he had said.

But speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday, the National Coordinato­r of AYFGG, Mohammed Hussaini, said it was unfortunat­e such a degrading comment came from a minister and a leading figure in the party.

Lai’s ire was provoked because the governor has refused to dance to his tune and the political stakeholde­rs have denied him the role of a kingmaker in Kwara State, he said.

Hussaini urged the minister to focus on the national assignment given to him instead of seeking relevance in Kwara politics.

He said AbdulRazak should be supported as he unpreceden­tedly transforms the state, instead of being distracted.

“We are not surprised at the vituperati­on of Lai Mohammed because we knew that since the coming of the Abdulrahma­n’s government in Kwara State, the kingmaker role he expected to regale in did not come simply because Governor Abdulrahma­n has refused to dance to his tune or regard him as a kingmaker,” he said.

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