By DEMOLA AKINYEMI
ILORIN—The pioneer Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi, has warned that nobody should drag him into politics.
He insisted that he was not involved in any gang-up against the political dynasty of the strongman of Kwara politics, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki.
The octogenarian at a briefing weekend in Ilorin, was reacting to a news feature in a national daily on Wednesday last week where he chaired an NGO, the official launching of Kwara Citizenship Development Initiative, KCDI.
Chairman, board of trustees of KCDI, Dr. Amuda Aluko, had told journalists at the occasion that the NGO among others was aimed at creating awareness for the people to fight for their rights and resist imposition of candidates henceforth.
But Justice Akanbi said he was not involved in any regroup to wrestle power from the Saraki dynasty because he was not a politician and nobody should drag him into it.
He expressed surprise that the NGO was politically motivated having earlier received assurance from the organisers that it was not.
He said: “A young man called me and said he saw a publication that I was the Chairman at a function of opposition members who have regrouped against Saraki’s dynasty in Kwara. So, when I read it, I was amazed and the sum total of it is that I chaired an organisation designed to wrestle power or authority from the Saraki’s dynasty.
“Now that worries me. I want to debunk what this gentleman has written. I was there not to lead opposition to Saraki’s dynasty. This is the card given to me; there was no mention of any political party.”
So, gentlemen for the first time, I would really be hurt because of the reputation I have built for many years.
”If they want to fight Saraki, let them fight on their own. They don’t need to use me because the man has not offended me and I am not a party member and I will never be a party member.”