|Governor of Bayelsa State|
27 May 2008 – 27 January 2012
|Preceded by||Werinipre Seibarugo|
|Succeeded by||Nestor Binabo|
29 May 2007 – 16 April 2008
|Preceded by||Goodluck Jonathan|
|Succeeded by||Werinipre Seibarugo|
|Born||July 7, 1964|
Okpoama-Brass, Brass LGA, Bayelsa, Nigeria
|Political party||All Progressive Congress (APC) Children = Timipre Sylva (16), Pagabio Sylva (15), Taria Sylva (20)|
Early life and background
Sylva was born in Brass, Bayelsa (formerly Rivers State, of which Bayelsa State was split off from in 1996), and was educated there and in Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria. He was a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly in the 1990s.
As a candidate of the People's Democratic Party Sylva won the Bayelsan gubernatorial election on May 29, 2007 and succeeded Goodluck Jonathan who went on to the position of Vice President. During his inauguration he said that Bayelsa was "the least developed industrially and commercially" of all 36 states.
Sylva's opponent in the 2007 election, Ebitimi Amgbare of the Action Congress, legally challenged his victory. Although the Bayelsa State Election Petitions Tribunal upheld Sylva's election, Amgbare took the matter to the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt which overturned the Tribunal's decision and nullified Sylva's election on April 15, 2008. The Appeal Court's five justices were unanimous in their decision and ordered that Speaker Werinipre Seibarugo be sworn in to replace Sylva as acting Governor, with a new election to be held within three months.
A new election was held on May 24, 2008, and Sylva, again running as the PDP candidate, was overwhelmingly elected with 588,204 out of about 598,000 votes. He was sworn in again on May 27, saying on this occasion that he would form a broadly inclusive unity government. On January 27, 2012, his tenure was terminated by the Supreme Court with an acting governor appointed to oversee the state until the election of February 2012.
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- Sylva, Timipre (2007-03-17). "Bayelsa: I'll Treat Sycophants As My Greatest Enemies". Nigerian Vanguard. PR Newswire. Retrieved 2007-06-09.[dead link]
- "Sylva Laments Poor Industrial Condition Of Bayelsa". Niger Delta Standard. Archived from the original on 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-06-09.
- "Nigerian gorvenor loses his job by court order", Panapress (afrik.com), April 16, 2008.
- Mahmoud Muhammad, "PDP Sweeps Sokoto, Bayelsa Again", Leadership (allAfrica.com), May 26, 2008.
- Segun James, "Sylva Takes Oath of Office, Embraces Unity Govt"[permanent dead link], This Day, May 28, 2008.
- Acting Governors Take Over in Adamawa, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Kogi, Sokoto Archived 2013-07-21 at the Wayback Machine EIE Nigeria, January 30, 2012
- Oyadongha, Samuel (2007-05-31). "Bayelsa govt tasks Nigerians on solution to N-Delta crisis". Nigerian Vanguard. Vanguard Media Limited. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-06-09.