The recent resignation of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva from the cabinet of President Mohammadu Buhari was officially confirmed by a special assistant to the president on digital communication Bashir Ahmad on Friday.
In a tweet on Friday, Ahmad disclosed that the minister stepped down to join the Bayelsa State All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship primary election scheduled for April 14.
“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,” Ahmad wrote on his Twitter handle.
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 Buhari on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, as the Nigerian Cabinet Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.