Minister, Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Senator Godswill Akpabio, is currently not happy with certain campaign targeted at his integrity as a busy minister, hence his strong warning to the masterminds of the campaign, describing their act as a deliberate distraction.
The Minister’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Jackson Udom, in a statement, noted that the attention of his principal had been drawn to calls by individuals and groups that he contests for any political office in 2023, saying their activities are capable of causing undue distractions in the polity.
Udom said, “The Hon Minister already has a mandate and that is steering the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, which is his main pre occupation today and to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve his agenda for the people of the Niger Delta Region in particular and Nigeria in general. It is very obvious that he is not yet done with that national assignment, to now start something afresh.”
“This clarification became imperative because, information at our disposal reveals that some entrenched interest and sponsored groups, are wrongly insinuating that the Hon Minister is behind all these calls from some parts of the country.
“We totally object to the insinuations that he has any link to the group of volunteers- many of whom he has never met in life. It is also unfair to the Hon Minister that, given his experience in politics and governance, he would start a campaign before it becomes legally permissible to do so.”
He assured that the minister would not be distracted by what he called concocted and false insinuations, from delivering on his core mandate, as directed by the president for the people of the Niger Delta Region, adding that his principal was aware that his political foes would stop at nothing in their efforts to distract his attention at all cost.