Buhari's Minister of State For Petroleum Resources Resigns? More Controversies Spring Up

Buhari's Minister of State For Petroleum Resources Resigns? More Controversies Spring Up

  • 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

FCT, Abuja - Controversies have continued to emerge about the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari's minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, in the pursuit of his governorship ambition in Bayelsa state.

According to The Punch, the claim that the minister had resigned gained momentum on Thursday, March 30, but a senior official under his ministry could not confirm the claim.

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Controversies linger over Buhari's minister's alleged resignation Photo Credit: Femi Adesina
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However, the officials admitted that the rules of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stated that the minister was expected to resign 30 days before the governorship primary of the party scheduled for April 14.

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But the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, refused to confirm if the minister had resigned.

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“I have not seen his resignation letter and cannot confirm to you if he has resigned. But you know the rule of the party is that one must have resigned for at least 30 days before the primaries."

The source disclosed that he could not be verified if Sylva had sent his resignation letter to Buhari but maintained that the minister would contest for the office of the governor of Bayelsa.

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Recall that the minister was the governor of Bayelsa state between 2008 and 2012 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

At that time, the PDP was at the helm of the affairs of the federal government, but the party was now the leading opposition in the country.

Recently, there was a report that some stakeholders in the APC called on the party's national leadership to disqualify Sylva from participating in the party's governorship primary over his alleged refusal to resign his position as Buhari's minister.

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