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God has removed stones from our rice, sand from our gari – Lai Mohammed speaks on defection

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The Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed , has described the defection of some National Assembly members from the ruling All Progressives Congress as “ the removal of stones from ( the party ’ s ) rice” and sieving of “ sand from [ its ] gari ( cassava meal ) . ”He added that the defection to opposition parties had “ exposed the faces of traitors . ”

Mohammed spoke in his country home of Oro , Kwara State, on Sunday when members and supporters of the party welcomed him at the playground of Muslim Community Primary School, Oro .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minister told the party ’ s supporters , in their thousands , that the defection of the lawmakers in the National Assembly had exposed the “ faces of traitors ” in the party’ s fold .
“ Today is a special day . God has answered our prayers by exposing our political traitors .

“ God has removed stones from our rice and sands in our gari , ” Mohammed , who addressed the rally in Yoruba language , said .

He assured that the defection would have no significant negative effect on the party ; instead , he said , it would offer an opportunity for its re – positioning .

“ We are here today to assure that it is a new dispensation in Kwara APC politics. We are at home today to assure you that the party will be re – organised and re -positioned .

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“ By exposing the enemies and traitors in our fold , God has given us the opportunities that we have been looking for to re – position our party.

“ These are people who had never given us peace and progress .

“ Today , by the grace of God and with your support , APC will wax stronger in Kwara . What is in the offing is a mega party, ” he said .

Mohammed said they were prepared to take the party structure back and give it back to the people .

“ The party belongs to you all . We therefore reassure you that God is with us and the people of Kwara are with us .

“ Since the day they decamped , you can see those who have come to our camp are more than those who left , ” he said .

The minister appealed to the members and party supporters to give new entrants a chance .

He assured that the new dispensation would allow level playing ground devoid of candidate imposition or godfather syndrome.

( NAN )

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