Nigeria’s petroleum minister denies interests in state Governorship race

ABUJA-THE Minister of Petroleum Resources and Board Chairman Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Diezani Alison-Madueke on Wednesday distanced herself from insinuations in some quarters that she is set to join the race for the Bayelsa Government House in the forth coming governorship election in the state.
In a press statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Divison of the NNPC, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma quoted the Minister as saying that there is no iota of truth in the recent publication by a Lagos based newspaper purportedly linking the Minister with the ongoing contest to occupy the Bayelsa Creek Haven Government House.
“The publication is not only misleading but it is 360 degrees different from the reality on ground. The fact is that Dr. Alison-Madueke is seriously occupied with the ongoing reform agenda in the oil and gas industry which as you all know is an integral part of President Jonathan’s transformation programme,’’ Dr. Ajuonuma stated.
“It is therefore important that the Honourable Minister is not distracted from her current assignment of nation building,’’ Ajuonuma said.
The NNPC spokesman further said that as far as the Minister is concerned issues of successful implementation of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s Gas Revolution Agenda, Transformation of the NNPC, successful implementation of the provisions of the Nigerian Content Act, complete sanitization of the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry via consolidation of the current free flow of petroleum products across the country were far more important to her at this juncture than a governorship ambition.
“Once again, i wish to make it clear that the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Diezani Alison-Madueke, is not interested in contesting for the governorship of Bayelsa state’’, Dr. Ajuonuma concluded.

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