Reactions Following the Resignation of Petroleum Minister


The controversy regarding the rumored resignation of Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, was resolved on Frida when the Presidency confirmed Sylva’s resignation.

Bashir Ahmad, Special Assistant to the President on Digital Communications, announced the news on his verified Twitter account, adding that Sylva quit to pursue his gubernatorial ambitions.

“Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and former Bayelsa State Governor, has resigned his appointment to run in the next Bayelsa governorship election,” Ahmad tweeted.

According to the Punch report, there was some controversy surrounding Sylva’s resignation, as top officials from the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources refused to acknowledge whether or not their boss had resigned.

According to the report, officials acknowledged that the All Progressives Congress rule required the minister to quit about 30 days before the April 14, 2023, governorship primaries, but they refused to confirm his departure.

“I have not seen his resignation letter and am unable to confirm whether or not he has resigned.” But, as you are aware, the party requires that you quit for at least 30 days prior to the primaries.

“So I cannot confirm if he has sent his resignation letter to the President, but the fact remains that he is for the office of the governor of Bayelsa State,” an impeccable source at the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, who requested anonymity due to lack of authorization, said.

Sylva previously served as Governor of Bayelsa for one complete term between 2008 and 2012. He was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party at the moment.

The PDP, which is now an opposition group, was the party in charge of the Federal Government during Sylva’s tenure as governor.

According to recent reports, some APC members in Bayelsa State have asked the party’s national leadership to disqualify Sylva from running in the party’s governorship primaries due to his reluctance to quit as a minister.

According to the report, party supporters from 43 Wards in the state’s Ekeremor, Ogbia, Sagbama, Kolokuma/Opokuma, and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas petitioned the party’s national leadership, pointed out that as at the time the minister was screened, he had not resigned.

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