- Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, has said that he will not be running for Kwara APC gubernatorial polls
- Mohammed said that it will not be wise for him to contest with those he is supposed to lead
- He urged indigenes to beware of fake news as they are the greatest threat to the success of the 2019 general elections
Owing to his present position as the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kwara, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, has said that he will not be contesting in the governorship polls in the state.
Mohammed remarked that it would be unwise for him to contest with the same people he should be conducting. The minister said this in Ilorin, the state capital, on Saturday, August 18, NTA reports.
As a top member of the APC government in Kwara, Mohammed said: “As a result of the Tsunami that took place and unfortunately, Kwara State happened to be the epicentre of that rebellion, I am not contesting election in Kwara State.
"If I want to be the honest broker, I must be above board, I must not be seen contesting with those I want to lead, or those that look up to me. I can’t be fighting for the same thing they are looking for."
He expressed concerns over the effect of fake news and hate speech spreading across the country, adding that they remain a great threat to the forthcoming elections.
He remarked: “The greatest danger of 2019 general elections will be fake news and hate speech. Also the greatest threat to the corporate existence of Nigeria will be fake news, Our concern is that the purveyors of fake news have taken advantage of technology to spread fake news.
"We must make it clear that in our fight against fake news, we will not resort to censorship, even though, it is happening in some parts of the world.”
He appealed to indigenes in the state to check for the source and authenticity of news before accepting them, uring media outfits to partner with the federal government. He said: “We are thinking of having a workshop on fake news. At the end of the day, even the media may be the worst hit of fake news.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that Mohammed had clarified that he will not run for political office in 2019.
The minister stated this at a political summit organized by the Kwara chapter of the APC in Ilorin, the state capital, on Thursday, August 9. He called on members of the party to subordinate individual ambitions to collective efforts in order to defeat the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
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