Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has disclosed that he would not contest for any elective post during the upcoming 2019 general elections.
Speaking at an event of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ilorin, Kwara State, Mohammed said his emphasis for the election year instead is to work with like-minds ahead of the "looming battle" and coordinate efforts to salvage the state "from the hegemony of one man."
The Minister said politics is not all about aspiring for political office and, therefore, admonished the party supporters to defer their individual ambition and work for the collective good for the greater benefit of the state.
He said, "We can't and won't lose the looming battle for the survival of our dear state and people. All that is required is for us all to subordinate our individual ambitions to the collective efforts, work to wrest our state from the hegemony of one man and his cohorts.
"On my own part, I can say here without equivocation 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."
Mohammed is currently the leader of the APC in Kwara State following the defection of Bukola Saraki, the Senate President; Abdulfatah Ahmed, the State Governor; and 23 members of the State House of Assembly from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.