‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja

Daily Courier – The Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, has withdrawn from the 2023 presidential race.

Sylva was said to have withdrawn from the race after considering the enormous work at hand in the petroleum ministry.

The Northern Solidarity Group had on May 9, 2022 presented the APC’s Expression of Interest and Nomination form to the minister to enable him to contest the party’s 2023 presidential primaries.

“The minister promised to consult the leader of the country and his political leaders on the day he was presented with the form. He believes that concentrating on his work will attract more investments for the oil and gas sector.

“He has consulted and he believes that the challenges at the ministry and oil and gas sector are enough issues for him to begin to deal with now than going to pursue presidential ambition at the expense of the nation.

“The oil and gas sector is the mainstay of the economy and it is not like any other ministry somebody can just come in and take over.

“It requires some measures of time for the person to understand what is happening in the system. For the interest of the industry and the nation, he has decided to wave that personal ambition to see what he can contribute in the remaining part of President Buhari’s administration.

“The implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 is very critical and he wants to continue to make his own contribution to the day-to-day running of the country and support Mr Presidentfor robust achievements”, an aide who crave anonymity said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the minister on Media, Horatious Egua, confirmed that Sylva was back to work.