The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has dismissed insinuations that he has preference for some of the 13 governorship aspirants in Kwara State.
According to the rumour making the round, those preferred aspirants are to be excused from the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries.
However, the minister dismissed the allegation insisting that all the 13 aspirants the party in the state will go through primaries, saying that the party has no favoured candidate among the contenders “We have not and do not intend to predetermine who our candidate will be.
We have no favoured candidate among the governorship aspirants.
Whoever emerges will do so through a rigorous, transparent process.
So let’s all keep an open mind”, he said.
Alhaji Mohammed, who made the clarification at a parley with all APC governorship aspirants, said the party would insist on internal democracy in the conduct of the exercise.
Speaking on the essence of the parley, the chieftain of the APC said: “This parley is one of a kind, perhaps unprecedented in the history of our dear state.
“It signposts our determination to conduct a transparent and hitch-free primaries, to do things differently from the past so that we can move our state forward and raise the living standards of our people.
After all, governance is all about the people.
“This parley is particularly important because of the level of interest that has been shown in the governorship ticket of our great party.
Kwara APC has the highest number of governorship aspirants under this dispensation.
All eyes are on Kwara, so we must get it right, especially as we are sure to occupy the seat of power in this state, come 2019.” “What we are saying is simple: Let all the aspirants present their vision and mission to our party stakeholders, in an open, transparent and organized manner.
If you become the governor of Kwara state under the APC flag, what can the long-suffering people of our dear state expect from you? How do you intend to ensure that the government serves the people rather than just one man?” “How can what has become a oneman rule be transmuted to majority rule for the betterment of the people? The answers to these and other questions will give us an insight into your plan of action for the state”, he said.
The APC governorship aspirants in the state include Ambassador Yahaya Seriki, Alhaji Hakeem Lawal, Professor Oba Abdulraheem, Mallam Modibo Kawu, Kayode Abdulwahab, Mallam Saliu Mustapha, Alhaji Lukman Mustapha, Hon.
Moshood Mustapha, Alhaji Yahaya Gobir, Alhaji abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq, Alhaji Shuaib Yaman, Tajudeen Audu, and Dele Belgore (SAN).