Ondo Election: Call Kingsley Kuku to order, Mimiko tells Presidency
The Federal Government has been enjoined to call the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr Kingsley Kuku to order over his activities in the riverine area of Ondo State which are inimical to the October 20 Governorship election. Kuku, an Arogbo Izon, hails from Ese-Odo in the Southern Senatorial District of Ondo State.
MCO had on Monday alleged that the Presidential Adviser was using his position of overseeing the Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government to attempt to subvert the election in favour of his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Specifically, the MCO accused him of arming ex-militants some of whom have been brought from other adjoining Niger Delta States and are now being used to intimidate those perceived to be opposed to the candidature of the PDP’s standard bearer, Mr Olusola Oke.
In a Statement, MCO’s Director of Publicity and Media Relations, Mr Kolawole Olabisi regretted that that Kuku has not only reversed the gains of the Amnesty Programmes in Ondo State by re-arming ex-militants who are loyal to him, while at the same time surreptitiously removing the names of those opposed to his biddings from then payroll of the Amnesty Programme.
“We are alarmed that Kingsley kuku is not only reversing the gains of the Amnesty Programme of Mr President which has received wide commendations in Ondo State, but he is deliberately going about with the aim of causing mayhem against opposition in the area. Today, Olusola Oke, the PDP candidate in the forthcoming election has been supplied with armed militants who now go about with him, terrorising the State while ex-militants who are not in tandem with their plans are punished by not paying their monthly stipends.
“While we are happy by the constant assurances by Mr President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan that the October 20 election in Ondo State would be free, fair and without any undue favour given to any political party, a stance that was repeated by Vice President Namadi Sambo when he came to Ondo State last week, we are at a loss why Kuku would now attempt to subvert this same election when his employers have stated their commitment to a level playing field.
“We are therefore calling on Mr President to please call his Adviser on Niger Delta to order. We also we urge him to beam his searchlights on the activities of those who manage this all important programme which has brought so much peace to the hitherto troubled Niger Delta States in order not to allow those with different motives other than the philosophy behind
the entire programme run it aground on the altar of their ego.
“Ondo State deserves a level paying field and we say an emphatic no to gun-point democracy, intimidation of voters, brigandage, and daylight snatching of ballot materials which the activities of Kuku and his co-travellers seem to suggest.
“We also say no to the return of the bygone days when the peoples’ vote did not count, enough of all this naked use of power by public officers who should hold their position in trust for the people,” Olabisi Stated.
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