- Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has indicated interest in the governorship race in Bayelsa state
- Lokpobiri earlier said he will not return to President Buhari's cabinet as a minister
- The senator said he has learnt a lot from the president and planned to use the experience if he is elected
The minister of state for agriculture and rural development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has shown that he is interested in the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa state.
Daily Sun reports that Lokpobiri who is an All Progressives Congress (APC) member earlier said that he has informed President Muhammadu Buhari that he would not to return to his cabinet as minister.
In a statement signed by his media aide, George Oji, the minister said: “He had already met President Buhari and intimated him of his decision to contest the governorship race in Bayelsa state on the APC platform in November.
“What I have learnt in this ministry of agriculture, I never learnt in 12 years that I was at the parliament. As a senator for eight years, I never knew the potential that exists in agriculture.
"Now that I am trying to explore some new opportunities, I am going to make agriculture number one priority, if I have the opportunity of taking the experience I have here to my home state.”
He said his thought of being posted to Ministry of Niger Delta was dashed when President Buhari posted him to where he served.
According to him, “I was thinking that I would be posted to the Ministry of Niger Delta, but the president in his wisdom decided to send me here.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Senator Lokpobiri said he has informed President Buhari that he would not to return to his cabinet as minister.
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.
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