The Minister for State Petroleum Resources (oil), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has dismissed reports circulating in certain media outlets that suggested a close alliance with the PDP-led government in Bayelsa state under Governor Douye Diri’s leadership.
Some media sources had claimed that the Bayelsa APC was experiencing divisions as prominent leaders, such as Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and David Lyon, were allegedly engaging in discussions with PDP’s Governor Diri.
In a prompt response, Nneamaka Okafor, a Special Adviser on Media and Communication to Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, refuted these allegations, attributing them to unscrupulous individuals and groups who do not have Bayelsa State’s best interests at heart. She emphasized that the strong and harmonious relationship between Senator Lokpobiri and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was being targeted by those making such claims.
“Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, the Honourable Minister for State Petroleum Resources (Oil), wish to set the records straight and debunk these malicious claims.
“It has come to our attention that certain false allegations are being circulated in various media outlets in an attempt to tarnish the reputation of Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, PhD, a committed member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a staunch supporter of Chief Timipre Sylva, the APC Governorship candidate in the upcoming November 11, 2023, Governorship election in Bayelsa State.”
“These baseless allegations suggest that Senator Lokpobiri and Chief David Lyon have formed an alliance with the PDP Governor Douye Diri. We categorically state that these allegations lack credibility and are merely propaganda. Senator Lokpobiri’s dedication to the APC’s principles and values is unquestionable, and he remains steadfast in his commitment to the party’s success in Bayelsa State.
Nneamaka noted that “Senator Lokpobiri has consistently championed unity and cohesion within the State chapter of the APC and has been at the forefront of promoting the party’s agenda in Bayelsa State. Any insinuations to the contrary are unfounded and untrue.”
Nneamaka highlighted that the individuals responsible for these baseless allegations are alarmed by the robust and friendly bond between Tinubu and Senator Lokpobiri, which is producing positive advancements in Bayelsa state.
“These false allegations against Senator Lokpobiri are the work of individuals and groups who do not have Bayelsa State’s best interests at heart. They are threatened by the strong and cordial relationship that exists between Senator Lokpobiri and his boss President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR), a relationship aimed at bringing progress and development to the people of the state.”
“Despite his demanding global and national assignments in boosting the nation’s oil production, Senator Lokpobiri remains fully committed to the All Progressives Congress. He is confident that, by the grace of God, the APC will emerge victorious at the polls on November 11, 2023.”
“We urge the general public to disregard these baseless allegations and remain steadfast in their support for Chief Timipre Sylva’s candidacy. Any attempts to sow discord or spread false information will be met with resounding unity from both Senator Lokpobiri and Chief Sylva.”
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