The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday denied a statement by former Presidential media aide, Doyin Okupe, that Senate President Bukola Saraki should be credited for his appointment as minister.
Naija News had reported that Okupe who is the Special Adviser (Media) to the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, had claimed that Mohammed betrayed Saraki after he was made a minister.
In a statement sent to Naija News by the SA to Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi, Lai Mohammed described the statement by Okupe as nothing but fiction writing, for which he deserves a hall of infamy award (in the fiction writing segment).
The minister stated that 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,” Adeyemi said.
“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.
“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 the 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.”