Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has denied the report that he is running for the Delta State Governorship election in 2019.
Kachikwu, who spoke exclusively to Thisday, said he was not oblivious of the antics of those peddling the rumour for some time now, and was too smart to be drawn into any mudslinging debate, especially coming at a time that his beat of assignment required undivided attention.
“I have refuted this story time and time again, and for the umpteenth time, I want to place it on the record that stories about my Governorship bid are sponsored to achieve whatever result. But the truth is that such stories have nothing to do with me as a person and even curious is that the peddlers are very consistent, meaning it is a calculated falsehood being sold to the public.
“I might not have a grasp of why they are doing this, it is not totally true, however, that I do not have a clue why they are traveling this route. Unfortunately, it is cheap and undeserving of my precious time. That I am denying it again does not mean in another one month or two, they would still not dust the story up again, modulate and spin it from yet another angle.
“What this means is that those behind the stories are not just idle, they are clearly people of small minds, who have nothing productive and engaging to do, but have elected to be canon fodders in the hands of equally feeble minds to fester whatever sinister plans they have.
“But trust me, I am not bothered and this is not in any way a concern”, he said.
The Minister, who maintained that these detractors would not relent till they also run into crisis, cited another story recently linking him with the alleged hospital bill of Yusuf Buhari, the only son of President Muhammadu Buhari, who survived a power bike accident, saying:
“When you add these developments together, then you can see my stand that it is pointless debating with people, who delight in lowly fantasy.
“They cannot transcend the unfortunate stations of pulling others down. Theirs is not to add value, but connive with the dissidents of the society to destroy ideas that are development-focused and minds that are progressively sculpted. I do not belong to that class and will therefore not be seen as joining issues with them”, he said.