- The minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, has resigned to pursue his governorship ambition in Bayelsa
- Sylva’s resignation was confirmed by Bashir Ahmad, the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital Communication
- It was earlier rumoured that Sylva was trying to evade the APC guideline that require him to resign before he could contest the party’s primary
FCT, Abuja – Timipre Sylva, the minister of state for petroleum resources, has resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
Bashir Ahmad, president Buhari’s special assistant on digital communication, confirmed the development on his Twitter page on Friday, March 31.
According to Ahmad, the minister resigned to join the Bayelsa state governorship race, which was scheduled to hold on November 11, 2023.
Buhari’s aide confirms minister of state for petroleum has resign
His tweet reads:
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“Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, and former Bayelsa state governor, H.E. Timipre Sylva, has resigned his appointment to contest in the next Bayelsa governorship election.”
There have earlier been controversies over the resignation of Sylva as minister to President Muhammadu Buhari because of his governorship ambition.
According to the guidelines of the All Progressives Congress (APC), any political appointee that wants to contest for an elective position will have to resign at least 30 days before the party’s primary.
Why Timipre Sylva resigned as Buhari’s minister
Sylva, a one-term governor of Bayelsa state under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has expressed interest in trying his luck for the second term for the position.
Some stakeholders of the APC in Bayelsa state have asked the party to suspend Sylva from contesting the party’s governorship ticket in the state over his refusal to resign as a minister according to the party’s guidelines.
But on Friday, Ahmad confirmed that the controversial minister had stepped aside.
See the tweet here:
Bayelsa poll: Controversy surrounds Sylva’s alleged resignation
calabargistblog.com.ng earlier reported that Timipre Sylva, the minister of state for petroleum resources, is alleged to have resigned to pursue his governorship ambition in Bayelsa state.
But a source in the ministry that he supervised said they are yet to see his resignation letter, but it could not be ascertained if he had submitted it to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Under the APC guidelines, any political appointee contesting for an elective position under the party is expected to resign about 30 days before the primary.
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