By Emmanuel Elebeke
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday, dismissed the statement credited to former presidential spokesman, Dr. Doyin Okupe, that Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, should take the credit for his appointment as minister by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as fiction.
Mohammed in a statement signed by Special Assistant (Media), Segun Adeyemi, said: “The attention of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has been drawn to a statement issued by Special Adviser (Media) to the Director-General of PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Dr. Doyin Okupe, in which he bold-facedly credited Senate President Bukola Saraki with the appointment of Alhaji Mohammed as minister.
“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. 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.”
He challenged Okupe to make available to Nigerians any evidence he might have to support his assertion that the President sought the permission of Saraki for his appointment as minister.
He said: “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.
“Alhaji 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 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.”