2019: Time To Purge APC Of The ‘’Lying Lai Mohammed Virus’’

By Ikenga Chronicles December 22, 2016

Ahead of 2019, the need to re-brand and purge the All Progressives Congress (APC) from what many political analysts call  the ‘’ Lai Mohammed Virus,’’  must be at the  front burner especially with the emergence of Bolaji Abdullahi as the new National Publicity Secretary of the ruling  party.

Recall that Bolaji Abdullahi succeeded the incumbent Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed as APC’s spokesman.

During Lai Mohammed’s days as APC spokesman, it was on record that he spewed lies with reckless abandon which badly affected the image of the party.

Investigative report  as revealed by APC loyalists disclosed that no matter how much anyone pretends, Nigerians at a point stopped believing anything APC says once it comes out of the mouth of Lai Mohammed.

For instance, last year when President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Lawal Daura as the new Director General of the Department of State Security(DSS)the opposition PDP, raised the alarm that Daura is a card-carrying member of the APC.

But Lai Mohammed hurriedly went on air on RayPower radio wherein he stated categorically to the nation that he never knew or met “the man”, and that “the man” has never had any contact or dealing whatsoever with the APC as a party before his appointment as DSS Director General.

To debunk Lai Mohammed’s claims the PDP came up with the newspaper advertorial sponsored by the APC wherein it announced Daura as a member of its campaign Intelligence Committee, a very important position vested on him by virtue of his membership of the party, as well as pictures of him with other members of the committee. Lai Mohammed knew he had been caught pants down and kept mute.

Another clear case of where the former APC Spokesman embarrassed the party was in June 2014 when he issued a statement that alleged that a plane carrying former Kano state Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso to attend an APC rally in Ekiti was denied landing permission in Akure, only for Kwankwaso’s Director of Press Affairs, Baba Dantiye to announce that his boss was at another event in Kano and had no plans to travel to Ekiti state.

It was Lai Mohammed who told Nigerians that the promises of the APC during the election were actually not from the APC. The APC denied its key presidential campaign documents: “My Covenant with Nigerians” and “One Hundred Things Buhari Will Do in 100 Days” through Mr. Mohammed.

Buhari himself presented one of the documents in person, saying: “The covenant is derived from the manifesto of my party, the All Progressives Congress. It however represents my pledge to you all when I become your president.”

But once he became president, Lai Mohammed denied them. He swore that: “Buhari never promised to do anything in 100 days, that’s the honest truth.”

It was learnt that several instances of blatant lies coming from the APC former Spokesman made Nigerians to discountenance statements coming from the APC Publicity Department.

That distrust got elevated to the federal level when Lai Mohammed was “promoted” to the Federal Executive Council as Information Minister.

Bolaji Abdullahi has the burden of fumigating and overhauling the APC Publicity Department and restructure its communication strategies to win back the trust of Nigerians in preparation for 2019.

Political analysts sympathetic to the Buhari course has called on Bolaji Abdullahi to strive to ensure he tells Nigerians the story as it is.

‘’As a seasoned journalist, he appreciates that facts are sacred and truth is ever constant.  Even when the APC government is having challenges it is still better to tell Nigerians the truth’’ an analyst said.

‘’ In public relations there is a cliché that says ‘to know all is to forgive all.’ He must carefully navigate through the potholes that culminated in Nigerians questioning the credibility of his predecessor.’’

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