Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said his mission as new All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in Kwara is not to contest any elective position in 2019 but to rescue the state from hawks.
He said the recent defection from APC by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and his followers had presented auspicious opportunity for the people to liberate the state from those who had held it to ransom.
“What an auspicious time for all of us! Never before, have we had a great opportunity like we have now to take our state back from the rapacious few, who have held the state by the jugular and prevented it from meeting the hopes and aspirations of its people.
“From my consultations with key stakeholders so far, I can say, categorically, that Kwarans have all resolved to take their destiny into their own hands and take back what rightly belongs to them.
“This is unprecedented in the history of our state, and we must not waste this opportunity.
“On my own part, I can say here, without equivocating, that I won’t be running for any office during the forthcoming elections.
“For me, it is not about any clamour for office. It is about working with all like minds for the greater benefit of our people,” he said.
The minister underscored the need for the people to be united and shelve their personal ambition to rescue the state.
” I can tell you that if we all remain united, we can’t and we won’t lose the looming battle for the survival of our dear state.
“All that is required is for us all to subordinate our individual ambitions to the collective efforts to wrest our state from the hegemony of one man and his cohorts,” he said.