The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Hon Kingsley Kuku, has denied media report linking him to a multi-million mansion construction in Akure, the capital city of Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.
A national newspaper on Sunday, 13th April, 2014, published a report linking Kuku, who also chairs the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), to the construction of a multi-million mansion in Akure.
But in a statement released on Wednesday, 16th April, 2014, signed by the Head of Media and Publicity, PAP, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, Kuku not only denied constructing such building but also stated that the only house he has in Akure is the one he built while he was a member of the state House of Assembly between 2003 and 2007.
According to the Presidential Adviser, “this new attempt to sully his image is a fall-out of the contentious bye-election for the vacant Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency seat conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday, April 5, 2014”.
Kuku however, asserted his unalloyed support for his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), noting that the party continues to unsettle the opposition in Ondo State. He stated further that the PDP candidate stands in good stead to emerge victorious in the Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency supplementary election whenever INEC fixes a date.
“I’m a loyal party man and can never be involved in anti-party activities. My unadulterated support for the PDP is the reason for all the mudslinging. It is all politics by desperate politicians and individuals that are afraid of losing election. It is just a mere distraction.
“The fact remains that the Ese-Odo Local Government Area and indeed the whole of the Arogbo area is the PDP stronghold. There is no way the Labour Party or its candidate can win there,” Kuku said.
The PAP Chairman restated his commitment to the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan and the assignment given to him by Mr. President while focusing on delivering on the mandate of training, rehabilitating and re-integrating the former agitators in the Niger Delta.
“For the umpteenth time, let me state that I have no governorship ambition now or in the future just as I have nothing against the Ondo State government or the Governor. But I will continue to support progressive individuals in my party that have such ambition and are committed to bringing real change and development to Ondo State. My only concern and demand to the state government is the infrastructure development of my area. I’m irrevocably committed to this position because I believe the current LP government has neglected my area,” he said.