SPECIAL Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, has accused the Ondo State government and its agents of shadow boxing ahead of the October 20 governorship election in the state.
Hon. Kuku, who is also chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, stated this in reaction to a media report that he was using his office to intimidate supporters of the Labour Party-led state government.
Kuku said he did not need to intimidate anybody to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, particularly in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state and his federal constituency, as his integrity and track record of performance were enough to sway votes for his party in the election.
His words: “I was involved in the local politics of my people before going to the Ondo State House of Assembly and they can testify that I represented them very well, impacting many lives and families.“As head of the Conflict Management Unit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), I got over 100 youths from my constituency trained locally and offshore as non-violence practitioners.
“As Special Adviser to the President and with the support of the National Assembly, I have influenced and attracted NDDC projects to my constituency such as the Agadagba-Obon-Arogbo bridge project with a 3km township road that will be flagged off on Thursday, September 27 at a cost of N6.1 billion.
“There is also the NDDC Arogbo shoreline and drainage project estimated at N4.7 billion.
My community and surrounding communities have now been connected to the national grid through an ongoing project. For these, my people are grateful to Mr President, the National Assembly and the NDDC.”