Presidential aide, Kuku, denies having senatorial ambition for 2015

The Special Adviser to the Nigerian President said he has no senatorial plan.

The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger-Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku, has denied newspaper reports that he is interested in contesting for the senatorial seat of Ondo South in 2015.

Mr. Kuku, who also doubles as the Chairman of Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, noted that the backlog of work in the Amnesty office and the zeal to succeed on the job assigned to him by his boss (President Jonathan) would not allow him play any politics in his home state, Ondo, in 2015.

The presidential aide, while answering questions from reporters at Adeyemi College of Education, ACE, where he was honoured as a Fellow of the College at the 32nd Convocation Ceremony, said he has no interest to contest any elective position in the state, including the senatorial seat of Ondo South Senatorial District.

“I read a report in The Nation 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 and one of the council areas that made up Ondo South Senatorial District; but I said bold before you today that I have no plan to contest any elective position.

“The national assignment given to me by my boss and President of this great country, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the Amnesty office is more important than any elective position and I can’t afford failing on the job,” Mr. Kuku stated.

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.”

Mr. Kuku was one of the four Nigerians honoured with the Fellowship of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, at its convocation ceremony on Saturday.

Mr. Kuku described the honour bestowed on him as an amazing fellowship award, stressing that during his days as a Students Union leader, he used to promote students unionism in the college.

He said that the institution recognised him due to his contributions to the development of the country in terms of sustaining and promoting peace in the Niger Delta region which ultimately affect the country’s economy, political stability and humanity.

Two graduands of Adeyemi College of Education in Ondo, Ondo State, Akindele Oluwabukola Yemi and Adedeji Olubunmi, won President Goodluck Jonathan’s awards for Best English students.

The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’I, observed that teacher education remains the bedrock of sustainable human development for the attainment of national development goals.


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