Akpan Etukudoh Asare
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River State, Dr. Frankland Briyai has given indication that he may throw his hat into the ring of Bayelsa State governorship election coming up November 2019.
He disclosed this at his office in Calabar when the Commonwealth Students/Youth Federation for peace paid him a courtesy call where they presented an award of honour to him.
Briyai who is an indigene of Bayelsa State said there has been much pressure on him from his people to indicate his interest and that he may likely obey their call.
He said the pressure from his people may not be unconnected with the “meritorious services I have rendered to the people and the nation at large in various capacities.”
Briyai thanked the President and Commander in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for fining him worthy to serve as a REC. He also thanked all the INEC staff, the military, paramilitary and the various groups that co-operated with him the make elections in Cross River “a huge success”.
Chairman of the association, Kewulu Abiari Suleh said
“That is why we are here to honour the REC with an award as the Common Wealth Ambassador for Peace”.
They listed the REC’s achievements and his qualities to include a successful and credible conduct of the 2019 governorship elections in Cross River, building an ICT office, a chapel at the INEC office, his credibility and philanthropic gestures “which have marked him out as a unique Nigerian”.
Similarly, the Nigerian coordinator of the group, Henry Nwankwo said “electoral malpractices are worse than military coupe” adding that the transparent credible stance of the Cross River REC saved the country a lot of crisis in Cross River State.