The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has said he has no interest in the Delta State governorship race come 2019.
Kachikwu said this in an interview with reporters at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, in Abuja, on Monday.
He dismissed speculations that he was fighting to take over the state party structure.
Kachikwu argued that what was most important for him and other party men in the state was to ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and chase the Peoples Democratic Party in the state out of the Government House.
He said, “I have said that many times, I don’t know why people think I am going to talk about this thing. I don’t want to be governor, I am not running for the governorship, I want to make sure the party unifies and select a candidate we can work with.
“I didn’t come to take over any structure; the reality is the politics of structure is passed. APC has a different approach to this thing.
“It doesn’t matter who has the structure, it doesn’t matter what the structure is. Things are going to be done right; things are going to be done collectively and in a unified manner so that everybody can work together.
“But if you take the structure, people do not support you, then you are going to lose. Business is to deliver the President and deliver the governor.
“We are going to do it in a way that it will be contentious and all inclusive.”
He further explained that APC leaders and members in Delta State were united in their desire to work together to ensure the party wins in 2019.
The minister said his visit to the APC secretariat was to formally congratulate the new National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.