Lai Mohammed’s interview misleading, — Rep
My attention has been drawn to the interview granted by the Hon. Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in which he mentioned my election campaign in 2018.
The interview was done in bad fate and as usual to mislead unsuspecting members of the public on the true picture of things as it happened during the November 17, 2018 by-eelction into Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-ero Federal Constituency.
It should be noted that at no time did the Minister give anyone any money for campaign. It was fortuitous that the fund donated for my campaign in 2018 was not channeled through him. The fund the Hon. Minister arm-twisted me to give him was not even accounted for.
The Governor, the Minister accused of collecting money for the by-election is not from my constituency, how he would have handled funds meant for my election in a constituency in which he is not a member remained a mystery.
To the best of my knowledge as the candidate in the by-election, the Governor played the role expected of a serious politician and patriot who wanted the party to succeed. He was actively involved in some of our ward to ward campaign.
The Governor saw my election as an integral part of his own very election as he was then the Governorship candidate of our party, the All Progressives Congress(APC), he was actively involved in our campaign and even spent his personal resources.
The Governor as alleged by the minister did not take a kobo from me; rather, he offered every necessary support for the success of the campaign. It is therefore preposterous for anyone to claim that the Governor made any gains from the campaign funds. I strongly urge the public to disregard this information because it is lacking in substance.
It should be noted that electioneering campaign often come with a huge cost, more so, my election was on two occasions, one was for the 2018 by-election and the 2019 General Elections in which I was the candidate of my party for the House of Representatives.
Again, no one will claim ignorance on the demand of electioneering campaign in Nigeria, it is not done on charity, it is money driven and due to the type of campaign we ran, where a lot of human and material resources were involved and considering the fact that our party was in opposition, in which the ruling party as at the time has huge resources at its disposal, we needed to be fully prepared to challenge such with the full knowledge that the people were solidly behind us.
We will however not allowed ourselves to be drawn into a needless ‘roforofo’ fight capable of derailing us from the goal we have set for ourselves and the covenant we had with the good people of our constituency who trooped out en mass to embrace our candidature
Rep. AbdulRaheem Tunji Olawuyi Ajuloopin
Member, Representing Ekiti, Irepodun, Isin and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara