Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has debunked a statement by Doyin Okupe, claiming that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, helped him become a cabinet minister in 2015.
Okupe is the Special Adviser on media to Saraki, who is the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council.
Reacting, Segun Adeyemi, special media adviser to the minister, described Okupe’s statement as a “bold-face lie.”
“The entire statement by Okupe is nothing but fiction writing, for which he deserves a hall of infamy award (in the fiction writing segment). Not one of the claims he made in his statement is true”, Adeyemi said in a counter-statement.
“For the record, 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.
“We challenge Doyin 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 Bukola Saraki to appoint Lai Mohammed as Minister.
“We understand that 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 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.
“Lai Mohammed is very proud to lead the ‘O To Ge’ movement that is set to finally bring down the Berlin Wall of political hegemony in Kwara State and send Okupe’s boss into political oblivion. That will also free Okupe himself from merely being his master’s voice, so he can fully devote his time to his new-found pastime – fiction writing.”