- The REC of Cross River state, Frankland Briyai, has said that news of his sack by INEC is not true
- Briyai said he had resigned before he declared his intention to contest the governorship election in Bayelsa state
- The former INEC official said he is in gubernatorial race because he believes he has the wherewithal to do so
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) who heads Cross River state and the governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, Frankland Briyai, has reacted to reports of his sack by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The REC on Wednesday, August 14, said he was not sacked by INEC but that he resigned his appointment. He dismissed the news of his sack as fake, Vanguard reports.
Briyai made this known while answering questions from journalists during his visit to the state leadership of the APC in Yenagoa.
He said he was at the party’s secretariat to get familiar with the leadership of the party and tell them that he is a registered member with the intent to contest in the party’s governorship primaries.
“INEC never said that they sacked me, I have officially resigned my appointment and INEC can attest to that. I have contacted INEC headquarters and the news about my sack is a fake news.
“INEC said they didn’t say anything like that, if you have read INEC press statement, you won’t find anything like sack because I have resigned officially on August 8,” he said.
He said his decision to join the governorship race was because people of the state called and persuaded him to do so. Briyai also added that he has made adequate consultation and he has what it takes to rule the state as its governor.
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In the same vein, Amos Jotham, the APC’s chairman said they are on the lookout for people who can develop Bayelsa, urging the former REC to go ahead with his campaigns for the primaries.
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the electoral body sacked Briyai for using its premises to declare intention to join APC and contest the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
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