By James Sowole
The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger-Delta Affairs and the Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, has said that the workload of the amnesty scheme given to him by the President would not allow him to play any politics in his home state, Ondo, in 2015.
Kuku’s clarification came against the backdrop of a report that he was interested in running for the senatorial seat of the Ondo South in 2015.
The presidential aide made the remark in Ondo Town Monday while speaking with journalists after he was honoured as a Fellow of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, during the celebration of the college’s 32nd convocation ceremony.
He said: “I read a report in the newspapers where it was analyzed that I am one of the top contenders for the senatorial seat of Ondo South in 2015; though I hail from Arogbo in Ese-Odo council of the state, one of the council area that made up Ondo South senatorial district, I say boldly before you today that I have no plan to contest any elective position.
“The national assignment given to me by my boss, President Goodluck Jonathan, in the Amnesty office is more important than any elective position and I cannot afford to fail on the job.”
He said the success of the Amnesty Programme is very dear to the heart of President Jonathan “and so I can’t dump the job to seek any elective position since the amnesty programme will terminate in 2015 and the President won’t allow me abandoning the boat of success of the programme, midway.”
Kuku was one of the four prominent Nigerians that were honoured with Fellowship of the college when two graduands Akindele Oluwabukola Yemi and Adedeji Olubunmi won President Jonathan’s awards for Best English students.
The duo received N200,000 each from Kuku who sponsored the award in the name of his boss.
Kuku, an Ese-Odo local government in Ondo State indigene was conferred with an award of Educational Development and Community Service by the management of the institution
Presenting the award to the graduands at the ceremony the Provost of the College, Prof. Idowu Adeyemi, said the Presidency’s
awards will now be given on every convocation ceremony for best English students.
He added that the awards would encourage students to be more focus in their academics activities, rather than embracing social vices.