- Senator Heineken Lokpobiri said he will not return to President Buhari's cabinet as a minister
- The minister said he plans to contest for the Bayelsa governorship election
- Lokpobiri said he has learnt a lot from Buhari and plans to use the experience if he is elected
The minister of state for agriculture and rural development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has said that he has informed President Muhammadu Buhari that he would not to return to his cabinet as minister.
In an interview on Channels TV, the minister said he has resolved to contest for the governorship seat in Bayelsa state.
Lokpobiri said he has learnt a lot under President Buhari and is ready to replicate all his lessons as governor.
He said: “I met the president a few days ago and I told him that I want to run for governorship in Bayelsa having thanked him for appointing me as a minister. I have learnt so much under him in the four years than what I learnt as a parliamentary for 12 years. I want to take that experience back home and see how we can build a Bayelsa beyond oil.
“Sylva is not my godfather. When I was speaker in 1999 he (Sylva) was special assistant to Alamieyeseigha. When I came to the Senate, he became governor.
“Yes, I must concede he came into APC and might have facilitated my appointment as minister but that does not make him my godfather. In 2007, when he got elected as governor, I got elected as Senator. In 2007, I was with Timi Alaibe and that was how I got the ticket.
“In 2011, we worked together even when former president Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson were fighting him. I worked for him and not Dickson.
“The APC governorship ticket would not divide us. As far as I am concerned, it is going to be a family affair. We might go into primaries and whoever wins would fly the party’s flag and I believe I am going to win.”
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that the Bayelsa and Kogi state governorship elections will now hold November 16.
Legit.ng gathered that INEC director of voter education and publicity, Festus Okoye, said in a statement that the change in date was as a result of various appeals for the commission to reschedule the polls.
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