2023: I don’t know Atiku, Peter Obi – Sylva

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THE Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, says he doesn’t know other presidential candidates except for Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress.

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and ex-Governor of Anambra State Peter Obi are the two other major candidates.

Speaking yesterday at the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential campaign rally in Yenagoa, Sylva while commenting on the position of Bayelsa as the second poorest state in Nigeria, said the incumbent administration did not prepare for governance.

Sylva, a former governor of Bayelsa State, said: “Bayelsa is an APC state. Look at the state of Bayelsa State now. This state, according to National Statistics, is the second poorest state in the whole of Nigeria.

“You can see why it is so. Can an umbrella protect you from the flood?

“We had serious flooding in Bayelsa that affected every home and every family in the state. The state government had been warned about it for a long time that the flood was coming but they had no preparation for the flood.

“You can also see when you walk on the streets of Bayelsa, you can see that they were not even prepared but today I am not here to talk about Bayelsa state because that battle is coming later and we know that that battle has already been won today.”

He also said the APC presidential candidate is the best among arrays of candidates jostling to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

According to Sylva, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is very presidential.

“He has a track record that nobody can beat. When they asked me why I am so sure that Tinubu is the best Presidential candidate, I also asked them who is contesting with him because I don’t know,” the Minister said.

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