The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has stated that, at the appropriate time and forum, he will respond to the false allegations levelled against him by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara.
The Minister stated this on Monday, October 19, when he featured on a phone-in programme of TV Continental, “This Morning’’.
In an exclusive interview with a national newspaper, published on Monday, the governor alleged that the minister dehumanised him during the campaign and other preparations towards the 2019 Governorship and other elections in the state.
AbdulRazaq also alleged that the minister did not remit some funds raised for the campaign for the elections.
Responding to a question from the anchor of the programme on the allegations and the crisis in the All Progressive Congress in the state, Lai Mohammed said “at the fullest of time’’ he would give his response.
“I read the article and I also read the response of some people.
“I believe that issues of national importance I have come here to discuss are more important than the personal disagreement between me and the governor.
“At the appropriate time and forum, I will respond to the false allegations,’’ he said.
Lai Mohammed also declined response to questions on the parallel congresses held by the APC in some states.
According to him, the party executives appointed or elected as spokespersons; and other officers are in a better position to respond to such issues.
“As a federal minister, I am not supposed to be partisan in the discharge of my duties; whether on intra-party or inter-party matters,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, a former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, on Monday, October 18; clarified that he has not received any invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in connection with the Pandora paper leak.
He also denied having reacted to an invitation from the EFCC to him; saying what is being circulated on different social media platforms was not from him.
Peter Obi said he only read letters circulating on the internet, just like everyone else.
The former governor, in a press release by his media Office, Valentine Obienyem, said a reaction which quoted him; as requesting the EFCC to make their investigations public, among other remarks did not emanate from him.