By Ushang Ewa
The Independent National Electoral Commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross River State, Dr. Frankland Briyai has resigned.
Briyai who took over from Mike Igini in 2017, announced his resignation on Thursday following weeks of speculations.
He has joined the gubernatorial race in his native Bayelsa state and hopes to shake off heavyweights to clinch the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, a decision he said was in concord with the yearnings of his people.
“I have critically considered their demand and dilemma. I have heard their call to selfless service that had always been my lifestyle.
“For the sake of the very important call to rescue the kind, peace-loving and great people of Bayelsa State, I have resigned my appointment as a Resident Electoral Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with effect from Thursday, the 8th of August, 2019,” he said.
Briyai, who served for 30 years in the Air Force from 1972 to 2002, said his strides in service as a military man and in the employ of the NDDC among others as well as laurels won showed he has, “the potentials and capacity to impact a remarkable change and lift Bayelsa State up to the next glorious level that would make it stand proudly among the great states in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and bring back the glory of all land to the oil rich small state of Bayelsa.”
On his choice of the APC, he averred that since his views and ideological leanings are progressive, it was only fitting that he aligns, “with the very best of the progressive political parties.” He promised to take the oil rich state to the “next glorious level.”
INEC has since fixed November 16 for the polls.
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