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Lai Mohammed Tried To Swap My Ticket In 2019 – Rep Member Reveals



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Hon. Tijani Kayode Ismail, House of Representatives member repre­senting Offa, Oyun Ifelodun federal constituency, Kwara State, has accused Lai Mo­hammed, Minister Informa­tion Culture and Tourism, of orchestrating an attempt at swapping his result at All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election with a pre­ferred candidate that came seventh in 2019.

The lawmaker said that the failure to manipulate the result in favour of Gbenga Power, his preferred candi­date, was one of the reasons why the Minister has contin­ued to cause crisis in Kwara APC.

“Why will Alh Lai Moham­med continue to cause disaf­fection in our party in Kwara while Lagos, where his son is a lawmaker continues to en­joy peace,” asked Ismail at a press briefing with journal­ists in Ilorin on Wednesday.

The lawmaker was the sec­ond House member to take on the Minister over claims he made recently in Ilorin over the party’s campaign funding in 2019 and other party matters that heated up party cohesion in Kwara.

Ismail said there has been crisis in the party even be­fore the first ballot was cast in 2019.

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“This was because Lai Mohammed attempted to change the winners of the APC primaries to those of his preferred candidates.

“I know this because he called me personally on the matter.

“After I won the primary, the Minister called to tell me that I should concede to the ticket to Gbenga Power because, according to him, I wouldn’t be able to win thee election proper.

“I refused his enteritis on the matter for which we went to court and I won at the Su­preme Court, a matter that emanated from within the party.

“It was Lai Mohammed who instigated the problem. He tried to do the same to sev­en of us who won the party tickets,” Ismail said.

The lawmaker also used the forum to debunk claims by the Minister on his spon­sorship of party candidates in 2019.

According to him, the Minister is overrating him­self.

“Yes, I received one of those vehicles he claimed to have distributed to us for election. But how much were they, any way,” he asked.

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