A body of youth groups, under the aegis of the Coalition Groups of APC members from Kwara South, has formally registered its protest over the ministerial nomination of the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Lai Mohammed in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
This is just as Alhaji Mohammed has described the youths as ‘ignorant and new members who do know his antecedents.’
At a press conference in Ajase Ipo secretariat of the Kwara South zone of the party, Friday, the APC Youth Forum, based their protest on the fact that Mohammed ‘is not a card-carrying member of the party in the state and has not contributed to the growth and welfare of party members.’
The youths from Kwara South wondered how Mr Mohammed could be chosen to represent the state when ‘he has not contributed anything to the welfare of members.’
According to the spokesman of the group, Yinka Ayeni, President Muhammadu Buhari has the right to choose anybody to work with, but he wondered how somebody who has not contributed to the growth and success of the party could be chosen above others.
Also, at the party’s secretariat in Ilorin, another group, led by another leader, David Omokanye, alleged that Mr Mohammed ‘belongs to Lagos State politically rather than Kwara State.’
They urged the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie Oyegun, to convey their grievances to the National Assembly and ensure that Mr Mohammed is not screened, since he does not represent the majority of the people of Kwara state.
Responding while receiving the letter of protest, the State’s Chairman of the APC, Ishola Fulani, affirmed that President Buhari has the constitutional right to appoint anyone to work with, but he was silent on whether or not he would forward their protest letter to the appropriate quarters.
However, reacting to the petition of the group, Alhaji Lai Mohammed claimed that ‘some members of the group are new in the party and may be ignorant of how instrumental I was to the success of the APC merger and the role I played in consolidating the progress of the progressive party in the state.’
“I returned actively to Kwara in 2002 and ran for governor in 2003 and subsequently been supportive of the party’s candidates both at the legislative and governorship levels. I think these people are new members of our party who may be ignorant of my antecedent in the party,” said Mohammed.