Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet Rejects Reappointment
Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, who was the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, said he will not return to President Buhari’s cabinet as a minister because 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, hence why he informed President Muhammadu Buhari that he would not to return to his cabinet as minister.
He said all that in an interview on Channels TV, “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) has announced that the Bayelsa and Kogi State governorship elections will hold November in 16 2019. According to Festus Okoye, INEC director of voter education and publicity, the change in date was as a result of various appeals for the commission to reschedule the polls.