The Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has picked the N100 million presidential forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The presidential forms were said to have been obtained, for the former governor of Bayelsa, by a supporters’ group, Good People of Nigeria.
The leader of the group, Alhaji Mohammed Abu Abaji, said: “That is why we bought these forms and called on him to come and contest in the APC primaries; I think it is one of the small things we can do for him.
“For the period he has been the minister you can see that he has spent a lot of time in the Niger Delta to talk to his people. We believe that as a president a lot will happen for oil prospects for the development of Nigeria. We are the good people of Nigeria and it is a collective donation. Everybody you see here donated money for the fund.
The minister received the forms and commended the group, as he expressed surprise that the group could go to the extent of buying presidential forms for him.
He however noted that he will not accept the forms yet until proper and needed consultations are finalized.
“It is very humbling and I must also say it is shocking. What I will do now, I will not give you a direct response. I need to consult my constituency, the leaders of this country and then I will come back to you to let you know if I have taken a position to run for the president of this country.
“I will go to my leader, for example the Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark, I will talk to him; I will also consult other leaders,” Sylva said.