…demand unsettles EPM leaders
….Kabaka says he is tired of being used and dumped, plans to hire Professors to tutor him in advance
Fresh trouble is brewing for leaders of Edo Peoples Movement, EPM, over what some members of the group have described as a larger than life demand by Tony Adun, popularly known as Kabaka.
An associate of Kabaka who pleaded not to be mentioned, said: “Tony told me and other close friends of his, that the only condition to work for the emergence of any EPM leader aspiring to be the next governor is if he is made the commissioner of finance in the new government.”
The source added: “Kabaka lamented that he was tired of being used and dumped by politicians who are university graduates, so he has resolved to secure an agreement with the group so that he can be made the finance commissioner of the state and supervise the state’s internal revenue when we win the election.
“To prepare him for the position, Kabaka intends to hire the services of professors of economics and business administration who will give him lectures on finance and management”.
Asked if the demand was a joke or some wild imagination, Kabaka’s associate said his boss was serious about the demand.
According to him, “you know the party primary is getting closer and all the gubernatorial aspirants are placing their demands on the table too. This is the best time to make demands, so that you will know where and how you are standing before you will go and kill yourself over nothing.”
The source further said that Kabaka told them that “former governor Adams Oshiomhole doesn’t have any serious certificate, apart from the ones they arranged for him which enabled him to be governor and now, the national chairman of the APC. So Tony believes that if Oshiomhole could go that far in life, he too can handle the finance portfolio with experts around him.”
Efforts to reach Tony Kabaka over the phone about the story proved abortive, as his phone lines were switched off.
But a member of the EPM who is familiar with the demand said: “Kabaka has a right to place his demands on the table, especially now that the aspirants are seeking people’s support.”
He however admitted that “Kabaka’s demand to be made the finance commissioner has sent shockwaves across the ranks of the group who are weighing the demand. Some have promised to have him serve as head of a committee on internal revenue generation, if elected as the next governor of the state, arguing that the position of a finance commissioner is way above Kabaka’s qualification and depth”.
He disclosed that “Kabaka is however not the only one making demands. Some of the demands range from the ridiculous to the absurd and in some cases, decent.”
He promised this reporter more updates on developments within the ranks of the EPM as they unfold.
Kabaka’s demand is coming shortly after efforts by the EPM leadership to produce a consensus candidate that will face governor Obaseki in the APC primary election, hit the rocks, with some of the aspirants faulting the process and threatening to pull out of the arrangement to support the incumbent governor.