Governor AbdulRazaq accuses Lai Mohammed of stealing campaign funds

The governor says the minister pocketed over N100 million donated to his campaign.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [BBC via Getty Images]

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, of pocketing funds donated to his campaign years ago.

The two are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but have maintained a very public feud since the party won the Kwara governorship election in 2019.

In a recent interview with ThisDay, the governor said one of his issues with the minister is how he allegedly mismanaged his campaign funds.

He accused the minister of failing to account for numerous donations made to the party's campaign in Kwara.

Governor AbdulRazaq particularly noted that the sum of N100 million donated to his campaign through Mohammed by a businessman was never accounted for by the minister.

He said, "There's a businessman from the South-east. His banker came to me and said his Oga wants to speak with me.

"I spoke with him and he said he was sending money to me. I said, thank you very much.

"After the election, he called me to congratulate me. When he saw I was just saying 'Thank you', then he asked if Lai didn't deliver the money, I asked him what money? He said N100 million. I said, no, but thank you.

"It's not just that case. I have many on my phone. So many on the phone that they've sent money Lai collected it."

Mohammed months ago accused AbdulRazaq of biting the fingers that fed him, claiming that he raised the funds that bankrolled the governor's campaign and other elections in Kwara in 2019.

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