Kogi State Governor Idris Wada yesterday faulted Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the spokesman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and minister of information, over his recent comments on the non-release of N50.8 billion bailout fund approved for the state.
Chief Communication Manager to Governor Wada, Mr Phrank Shaibu, in a statement said Lai Mohammed was “economical with the truth” and portrayed “high level of ignorance” in his recent remarks regarding the Kogi bailout funds.
“His remarks regarding the delay of Kogi State bailout funds are very regrettable as he exhibited high level ignorance or acted ostensibly to deceive Nigerians yet again. I wish to state that, Lai Mohammed is the spokesperson of the APC and not the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as such he cannot appropriately defend an issue that he lacks capacity and credible information on.
“It would be recalled that a few days ago, the APC through one Tom Ohikere, in its usual practice of using falsehood to mislead the Kogi electorate, announced that the Kogi State government, led by His Excellency, Captain Idris Wada, never applied for bailout funds. Unfortunately, when the Kogi State government presented facts to debunk the APC lies, the party never responded.
“For emphasis, the Kogi State government has met all the perquisite conditions for the disbursement of the bailout funds including furnishing the CBN with the Bank Verification numbers of all the proposed beneficiaries of the fund, yet the CBN has not released the funds,” the statement said.
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