- Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has obtained his nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa state
- Lokpobiri, who is the immediate former minister of state for agriculture and rural development, obtained the forms on Thursday, July 18
- The ex-minister warned the party not to give its governorship ticket to just any candidate
The immediate former minister of state for agriculture and rural development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has obtained his nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state.
As Lokpobiri obtained his forms, he warned the party not to give its governorship ticket to just any candidate especially those with controversial background, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the former minister, who obtained the forms on Thursday, July 18, said he was in support of the use of indirect primary for the selection of the party candidate in the state.
Former governor Timiprieye Silva is also contesting the party ticket, but Lokpobiri said he is better qualified to be the candidate of the APC.
He said most people in Bayelsa state do not belong to any political party, adding that he has the ability to galvanise people across political divide.
Legit.ng previously reported that the former minister of state for agriculture and rural development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, said that he had informed President Muhammadu Buhari that he would not return to his cabinet as minister.
The former minister said he had resolved to contest for the governorship seat in Bayelsa state.
Lokpobiri said he had learnt a lot under President Buhari and was 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."
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