He however asked that the president not to bother re-appointing him as a minister in his incoming government.
Lokpobiri, who said he made the appeal to Buhari during a recent meeting with him, explained that he wants to become the next governor of Bayelsa State and not a minister.
He disclosed this during an interview with Channels Television on Sunday. He noted that though he gained a lot working as a minister under Buhari, he would prefer to replicate all he had learnt as governor of Bayelsa than serving as a minister again.
“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,” he said.
On what happens if the state’s former governor, Timipre Sylva, believed to be his godfather is opposed to his ambition, Lokpibiri said:
“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.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had recently shifted Bayelsa State governorship election from November 2 and rescheduled it with that of Kogi State to November 16.
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