Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmaneul Ibe Kachikwu has denied nursing any governorship ambition in Delta State in 2019.
Reacting to campaign posters pasted by unknown persons across the Federal Capital Territory, the Minister said he has absolutely no knowledge of them.
In a statement signed by Idang Alibi, Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, he said the Honourable Minister has not indicated any interest in running for any elective political office inn Delta state.
He said Kachiukwu is focused on delivering on the reforms currently being implemented in the petroleum sector under the leadership of President Buhari and Ag President Osinbajo in line with his duties as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Chair of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Part of the statement reads “He remains committed to effectively representing his state of origin, Delta State in the federal cabinet to institutionalize transparency, accountability and productivity in the Nigerian oil and gas sector.
“It is gratifying that, despite challenges, measurable progress has been made in achieving important milestones under Kachikwu‘s watch and today, the petroleum sector is more transparent and contributes more to the national coffers. Consolidating on this progress remains the priority of Dr. Kachikwu and he refuses to be distracted from this focus.
“Dr. Kachikwu would like to urge stakeholders in both the Oil and Gas sector and indeed the general public to discountenance these unfounded speculations”
“The Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources assures all Nigerians of his and Government’s continued commitment to the welfare and well-being of the citizenry, while thanking them for usual cooperation and collaboration towards achieving the lofty dreams of a thriving Oil and Gas sector for Nigeria” the statement concluded