Youth members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in from Kwara South under the aegis of All Progressives Congress, APC members on Friday, October 9, 2015. protested the nomination of Lai Mohammed, the APC National Publicity Secretary as a minister by Presidebt Muhammadu Buhari.
Vanguard reports that the of protesters, led by its spokesperson, Prince Adetoyese Omokanyese stormed Ajase-Ipo which is regarded as the political headquarters of Kwara South to express their anger to the senatorial Chairman, Jimoh Balogun who in turn led them to the state secretariat in Ilorin.
Omokanye presented a letter demanding the immediate replacement Lai Mohammed to the state chairman, Ishola Balogun Fulani, adding that the the APC National Spokesperson did not contribute in any way to the success of APC in Kwara state in the last elections.
According to him: ”His permanent voter’s card(PVC) was registered and collected in Lagos and all his contributions for the emergence of APC at the federal level are through Lagos. He was not in Kwara all through the electioneering exercise and couldn’t influence our electoral successes at the poll.His son is presently a member of Lagos state house of assembly”
“Therefore,he stressed,”we are baffled when newspapers claims indicated that he represents Kwara State in the ministerial list submitted by the president to the national assembly for screening”
“Our assumption was that two nominees have been taken from Lagos, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Babatunde Raji Fashola”he added.
The spokesman also said that: ”confirming Lai Mohammed as representing Kwara state in the ministerial position is denying Kwara state of being represented at that level.
“It will be justice denied,and a promotion of unfairness and political exclusion of Kwara state in the affairs of our country.
He said: ”To this end,we request that Mr President chose among qualified individuals with impeccable character from Kwara South senatorial district to represent the state at the federal council. Kwara south senatorial district is made up of seven local government out of the sixteen in the entire state”
“We have great minds,success stories that could bring more and positive impacts to the nation building,people with unbeatable track records and have impacted positively to the social,political and economic integration of Kwara state. These group contributed greatly to the success of APC at all levels in Kwara state.”
Responding, the state chairman, Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani commended the youths for conducting themselves peacefully without any rancour, assuring that their concern would be forwarded to the appropriate c quarters.
He also told journalists that the party hierarchy in the state was not consulted before the nomination of Alhaji Lai Mohammed.