The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has punched holes in the allegations made by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State that he is a thief.
Recall Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had alleged that a businessman from the Southeast decided to help his campaign by sponsoring him with a lot of funds so Lai Mohammed took over all the proceedings and gave out the account number to receive the money.
He explained that Lai took the money and failed to inform him or bring the money to him as the businessman intended to give the money to him.
In his words: “The Chief of Staff to the Kaduna State Governor called and said Lai gave us an account but it’s not going through, can you give us another account so we can send you the money?” But I was going to campaign so I said fine.
“I came back two days later and remembered, and I said they should call him and give him an account number. When we called, he said Lai had sorted it out. That one and several. Until today, as we speak, he never told anybody that he collected money.
“There’s a businessman from the South-east. His banker came to me and said his Oga wants to speak with me. I spoke with him and he said he was sending money to me. I said, thank you very much. After the election, he called me to congratulate me.
“When he saw I was just saying ‘thank you’, then he asked if Lai didn’t deliver the money, I asked him what money? He said N100 million,”
In reaction to the report from Governor AbdulRahman, Lai Mohammed has revealed that he would address the matter at the appropriate time.
He made his disclosure when he featured on a phone-in programme of TV Continental, “This Morning.’’
Lai Mohammed said: “I read the article and I also read the response of some people.
“I believe that issues of national importance I have come here to discuss are more important than the personal disagreement between me and the governor. At the appropriate time and forum, I will respond to the false allegations.
“As a Federal Minister, I am not supposed to be partisan in the discharge of my duties, whether on intra-party or inter-party matters,’’