There rumors that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has reportedly tendered his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), undisclosed sources said the minister submitted his resignation to President Buhari last week.
However, the Senior Adviser to Sylva on media and communications, Horatius Egua, reportedly said that he could not deny or confirm the minister’s resignation.
Egua said Sylva had not officially informed him of his resignation nor had he seen the resignation letter.
Although his reasons for resigning from office have not been clearly ascertained, it could be connected to his political ambition to become the next Governor of Bayelsa State.
Chief Sylva had declared interest in participating in the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The APC primary election will be held in April while the governorship election will hold in November 2023.
Meanwhile the Special Assistant to the President on Digital Communications, Bashir Ahmad, has confirmed the resignation of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.
Ahmad, in a tweet on Friday, stated that the minister stepped down to join the Bayelsa State governorship election scheduled for November 11, 2023.
“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,” the presidential aide tweeted.
Under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sylva held office as governor of Bayelsa between May 2007 and April 2008, when his election was nullified. Then Speaker of the House of Assembly Werinipre Seibarugo replaced him until a new election led to Sylva’s re-emergence in May 2008.
In January 2012, the Supreme Court terminated his administration.
After his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), he was later appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, as the Nigerian Cabinet Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
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