A northern socio-political group known as 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, at 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 at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, the National Coordinator of AYFGG, Mohammed Hussaini, described the minister’s comment as sad and unfortunate, especially as it came from a Minister and a leading figure in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the coordinator, 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.
Hussaini described the minister as an “Abuja politician” who should diligently 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.
Hussaini said, “Our attention has been drawn to a recent statement credited to the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, describing the government of Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, in his own language, as a “One Chance” Government. This is really sad and unfortunate, particularly coming from a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a leading figure in the All Progressive Congress (APC.) 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.
“The reality should dawn on Lai Mohammed that by the grace of the Almighty Allah, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak is the leader of the APC in Kwara state. And nobody can take that away. And to add Up, Lai has neither the financial muscle nor the political sagacity to lead the party in the state. He is an Abuja politician, who should remain in Abuja and do his work.
“We salute the patience, resilience, tolerance and comportment of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak since assuming office, if it were in other states the pressure from the likes of Lai Mohammed would have gone out of proportion. He has remained focused, working for the people that voted him into office. He is a politician who has the interest of the people at heart rather than the elites. He thinks Kwara first before any individual. In fact, since Kwara state was created, this governor remains the most effective amongst all the governors put together, simply, because he is working and transforming the state and the people are feeling the impact.
It beats our imagination why a governor that has revitalized Agriculture, revived moribund industries, constructed roads in all nooks and crannies of the state and empowered the youths, would be described as a “one chance” governor. This is absurd, weird and an insult to the sensibility of the Nigerians, Kwarans, and All Progressives Congress (APC), a party Lai Mohammed claims to have worked for its success in Kwara state.”