The Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed its plans to suspend the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, from the party.
This was communicated by the APC Chairman in Kwara State, Abdullahi Abubakar while speaking with reporters in Abuja yesterday. He noted that the party might be forced to take punitive measures against the minister over alleged anti-party activities.
His comment follows the recent decision by the minister to unveil a parallel APC secretariat in GRA, Ilorin.
The minister had during the unveiling, faulted the state membership revalidation and registration exercise on the basis that it did not capture every member of the party.
Abubakar who frowned at utterances attributed to the minister that surrounds the sponsorship of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq for the 2019 poll, faulted the claim that supporters of the party were not allowed to participate in the registration and revalidation exercise.
He expressed support for the decision of Governor Mai Mala Buni-led committee to extend the exercise by two weeks in Kwara and added that the party was considering disciplinary measures against the minister over alleged breach of the party’s constitution.
The Kwara state chairman also confirmed that Mohammed had earlier revalidated his membership of the APC in the state.
According to him: “As I said earlier, I still see the minister as a member of our party, because he has not formally told us that he is moving out of the party.
I doubt if he will go. He is a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which the APC is running.”
When asked whether the minister will be suspended or expelled from the APC, the Kwara APC boss said: “There are guidelines. If the offence is commensurate to suspending him, or any other, definitely the rule of the party is going to apply because nobody is too big to be sanctioned. We want to have sanity in the party.”
Abubakar denied receiving any donation during the 2019 general elections in the state from the minister or governor as campaign funds.