Doyin Okupe, the Special Adviser (Media) to the Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign (PDP) Council, has claimed that Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, donated more funds than any other member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2015 election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okupe disclosed this in a statement entitled: “How Lai Mohammed betrayed Saraki”, which was issued on Sunday.
According to him, Senator Saraki contributed more funds than Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC National Leader, and Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transport and the Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council for both 2015 and 2019.
Okupe, a former presidential aide to former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, also claimed that President Buhari reneged on his promise to give Senator Saraki two ministerial slots in addition to the post of the Senate President.
The statement read: “Prior to the establishment of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, certain agreements were reached with principal stakeholders.
“Saraki was among the major stakeholders, being the single individual that raised the highest donation to the Buhari/All Progressives Congress campaign, far in excess of (what) Asiwaju (Bola) Tinubu or (Rotimi) Amaechi or anyone for that matter, (donated).
“Saraki was promised the post of Senate President and two ministerial slots.
“After May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari called Saraki and apologised that he could only have one ministerial slot instead of the two previously agreed.
“Saraki, most reluctantly, but in deference to the President, conceded.”
Okupe said President Buhari also requested for another favour from his principal that he (Saraki) gives his ministerial slot to Lai Mohammed, the current Minister of Information.
The PDP media adviser noted that despite hesitations to the nomination of Mohammed by his larger political family in Kwara State, Senator Saraki deferred to the President and granted his wish.
He, however, expressed surprise that despite the political favour, Mohammed has betrayed Saraki and is leading the movement to oust the Senate President as the senator representing Kwara Central senatorial district.
The statement read: “Shortly afterwards, the President requested for another political favour from Saraki. This time, he wanted Saraki’s consent to use the remaining one ministerial slot allocated to him (Saraki) to appoint Lai Mohammed as minister.
“This was a gruesome blow to Saraki who questioned why the President could not ask Asiwaju (Tinubu) to accommodate Lai Mohammed in his own slot.
“The President confirmed to Saraki that Asiwaju had blatantly refused to do so. A thoroughly perplexed Saraki could only plead with the president to allow him go back home in Kwara State and find the best way to break this heart-shattering news to members of his political family.
“It was an unimaginable scenario. It took more than sagacity and political dexterity for the request of the President to be accepted but for the grace and very long lasting bonded relationship for the Saraki camp not to break up for this singular development.
“Lai Mohammed was summoned by the elders of the group, including Alhaji Kawu Baraje and former Governor Shaba Lafiaji and others.
“Lai Mohammed wept profusely, severally rolling on bare floor and swearing on every sacred institution and object of faith.
“The elders told him point blank that they did not trust him but that they were doing this for God, the President and interest of their leader, Bukola Saraki.
“Today, Lai Mohammed is the leader of a movement planning to unseat Saraki and destroy him politically.”