Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva has reportedly resigned his appointment as Minister of State in the Federal Government. There are insinuations that he may have resigned to pursue his political ambitions.
Undisclosed sources revealed that the minister had tendered his resignation letter to President Buhari last week.
Bashir Ahmad, one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aides, confirmed on Friday, March 31, that the minister resigned to contest the next Bayelsa governorship election.
“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.”
Sylva has not made his resignation open and his reasons for leaving office have not been truly ascertained but there are speculations it could be connected to his political ambitions. He declared interest in participating in the forthcoming Bayelsa state governorship election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sylva is known to have strongly supported David Lyon, who won the governorship election in Bayelsa in November, 2019, under the flag of the APC. However, Lyon was removed by the Supreme Court for issues relating to irregularities on the educational qualifications of his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
Lyon has also indicated interest in running for the same office.