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Ex-Petroleum minister Sylva emerges APC Governorship candidate in Bayelsa, wins primary

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The immediate past minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Bayelsa state.

Announcing the result of the primary at the APC state secretariat in Yenagoa, the chairman of the election committee, Ahmed Jibrin, said Sylva scored 52,061 votes to defeat five other contestants.

Jibrin said that Joshua Machiver scored 2,078 votes, Festus Danumiebi polled 557, Maureen Etebu got 1,277, David Lyon scored 1,584, and Isikima Johnson polled 584 votes.

The chairman of the committee commended stakeholders in the state for the peaceful conduct of the primary election.

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In his acceptance speech, the former minister, represented by Sunny Goli, a federal lawmaker, called for support from other contestants to secure victory for the APC.

Last month, Sylva resigned from the cabinet of the outgoing administration of President Mohammadu Buhari to seek a new term as governor of Bayelsa State.

Sylva served as governor of Bayelsa for one full term between 2008 and 2012. At the time, he was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which was then in power at the federal level but is now in opposition.

Appointed junior oil minister in August 2019, Sylva oversaw major reforms in the oil sector, including the passing of legislation that overhauled the sector’s fiscal regime in a bid to spur investment.

During his time as oil minister, Nigeria’s oil output fell to its lowest level in decades due to crude theft and pipeline vandalism. Angola overtook Nigeria as Africa’s biggest oil producer and exporter for a few months last year.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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