Minister of State for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has denied paying for his ministerial position.
Lokpobiri was alleged by the Bayelsa chapter of the All Progressives Congress, to have paid former governor, Timipre Sylva for the ministerial slot assigned to the state.
The Chairman of the Bayelsa chapter of the APC, Tiwei Orunimighe, had last week, called for the resignation of Lokpobiri, claiming that he bought the ministerial position from Sylva.
Speaking on Monday, the Minister dismissed the claims, which he described as an untrue rumour being ‘orchestrated by an insignificant few within the party’.
In a statement released through his Special Assistant, Media, Donald Ojogo, the Minister said the crisis in the Bayelsa APC was being “oiled by some external forces who feel threatened about their political future, specially as the APC challenges the outcome of the last governorship election at the Election Petition Tribunal.”
Lokpobiri further stated that he was found worthy for the position and as such, was appointed by the President, stressing that he didn’t have to pay to become Minister.