I’m loyal to APC, not Osoba — Kaka

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

Aformer deputy gov­er­nor of Ogun State, Se­na­tor Gbenga Kaka, has said it is er­ro­neous to de­scribe him as one of the loy­al­ists of a former gov­er­nor of the state, Chief Se­gun Osoba.

He main­tained that he was

not a loy­al­ist of any po­lit­i­cal god­fa­ther, but he was loyal to the con­sti­tu­tion of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress.

The former deputy gov­er­nor, who served as deputy to Osoba be­tween 1999 and 2003, stated this on Mon­day while dis­so­ci­at­ing him­self from the Osoba

Po­lit­i­cal Fam­ily, a group within the APC.

He, how­ever, said he had re­spect, not loyalty, for some in­di­vid­u­als in the party, in­clud­ing Osoba.

He said, “I will en­join our peo­ple to please con­cen­trate on build­ing an in­sti­tu­tion be­cause that is the only thing that can en­dure.

“Loyalty to any in­di­vid­ual will not carry us to any­where. We should stop hero-wor­ship­ping and then con­cen­trate on serv­ing our God with our clear con­science and in the over­all in­ter­est of the peo­ple we want to serve, not any demi-god.

“It is ab­so­lutely er­ro­neous and wrong to say I be­long to Osoba’s cau­cus. Loyalty is to the Almighty God that cre­ated me and to the peo­ple I want to serve.

“but, my re­spect and adoration is to Chief Osoba and all other lead­ers. I give re­spect to them as those who are my se­niors and those who are com­pa­tri­ots.

“I give them re­spect and that is as much as my con­science is clear and the in­ter­est of the com­mon peo­ple we stand for is be­ing pro­tected. Any­thing to the con­trary, nat­u­rally my loyalty will stop.”

The Osoba group mem­bers were ab­sent at the last week in­au­gu­ra­tion of the com­mis­sion­ers and spe­cial ad­vis­ers.

Kaka, who at­tended the in­au­gu­ra­tion, main­tained that his loyalty would be to the party and to ini­tia­tives that would bet­ter the lives of peo­ple of the state.

Kaka de­nied knowl­edge of any di­vi­sion within the APC in the state.

•L-R: Sec­re­tary to Edo State Gov­ern­ment, Osar­o­dion Ogie; Deputy Gov­er­nor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Gov­er­nor God­win Obaseki; rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Com­man­der, 4 Brigade, Nige­rian Army, Col. A Haruna; Chair­man, Nige­rian Le­gion, Edo State, Col. Sunny Eboigbe (retd.); and Com­man­der, 107 Air Mar­itime Group Nige­ria, Air Com­modore Enor­bong Ef­fiom, dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Em­blem Ap­peal Fund in Benin City …on Mon­day. Photo: Edo State Gov­ern­ment House

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