A former Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Kingsley Kuku, yesterday denied an allegation that he had thrown his support to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the governorship election in Ondo State.
Kuku in a telephone interview with reporters from his base in Alabama, in the United States of America (USA) where he is said to be recuperating after a successful knee surgery, said he would not want to be dragged into the crisis rocking the party both at the state and the national levels.
Instead, Kuku said he would support any genuine moves by the party leadership to resolve the crises with a view to achieving success in the November 26 governorship election as one body.
The crisis rocking the party got worse yesterday following the emergence of Mr Jimoh Ibarahim as the flag bearer of the Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP days after the Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s faction had produced the immediate past Justice Commissioner and Attorney-General, Mr Eyitayo Jegede SAN as its flag bearer for the November 26 governorship.
However, there were reports that Kuku had dumped Dr Olusegun Mimiko’s camp as he had pitched his tent with the Sheriff’s faction of the party in the state.
But Kuku denied the alleged report, saying that he did not belong to either of the factions fighting for the PDP’s soul as neither of the factions represented the desire and aspirations of the people of the state.
He said: “May I state for the record that many political leaders and friends from the PDP and the All Progressive Congress (APC) had paid me visits as I recuperate and religiously undergo physical therapy and I thank and appreciate all from my heart.
“In my entire political life, I have never seen, viewed and or associated with anybody as a political follower, surrogate or puppet. Rather, I relate with all as colleagues and equal stakeholders.
“I disavow and condemn any internal crisis in the Ondo PDP, enjoin all to remain guided by the implications of losing the privilege of service at the national landscape by the party and appreciate the gravest implications of same and possibly worse if we lose Ondo State to another party.
“I Kingsley Kuku do not believe, belong nor endorse either Sheriff or Makarfi’s intrigues. Either of them represents a demoralizing true part of our party.
I believe, belong and endorse a truly united and process respecting whole and all-embracing PDP no matter the cost. I have spent my entire political life working for the unity of PDP and this I remain irrevocable, no matter the price I pay today and in the future.”