The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s resident electoral commissioner in Cross River, Briyai Frankland, has resigned in bit to contest in the Bayelsa state November 2019 governorship election. At a send-forth party at the electoral commission’s Calabar office, Frankland announced that he would be contesting the elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as reported by Daily Trust.
Frankland said: “On Saturday 21 July 2019, a mammoth crowd of meaningful and pragmatic Bayelsans that sincerely love their state held a very peaceful rally in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa state, calling my humble self to contest the November 16, 2019 gubernatorial election.
“I have critically considered their demand and dilemma. I have heard their call to selfless service that had always being 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 REC in the INEC with effect from Thursday, 8 August 2019.
“As a progressive, I will identify with the very best of the progressive political parties, the APC.” Frankland said there was a dire need to change the political course of Bayelsa, and urged the people of the state not to sell their votes, but to vote wisely. He said he would provide the very best alternative to lift the state from the hardship currently being experienced.
In a similar development, Legit.ng reported previously that Chief Benson Agadaga, who is an associate and kinsman of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, has also made his interest to contest the Bayelsa governorship election known. Agadaga, national chairman of Ogbia Brotherhood Worldwide, a socio-cultural group, said development will come to the people, if elected. He said his aspiration was borne out of his desire to continue to serve the people of Bayelsa at the highest level, having served as commissioner for information.