By Ayo Kehinde
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has sacked the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Cross River State, Mr Frankland Briyai.
Frnakland, yesterday in his office addressed the press that he had resigned his appointment to contest the November 16 governorship polls in Bayelsa State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. He said he had to yield to pressure from stakeholders in the state to join the governorship race.
According to him: “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.
Not so correct, says the INEC in its letter titled “The Reported Resignation of Mr Frankland Briyai As Resident Electoral Commissioner”, and dated August 9, 2019.
In the letter, signed by Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Committee, INEC stated that Briyai had abused the Commission’ Code of Conduct by displaying open partisanship and using INEC’s office to conduct the press briefing and violated section 306 (2) of the Constitution which mandates that his resigns through his Commission and receives a confirmation letter from the President of the country. Briyai, did neither, according to Mr Okoye in his letter.
Based on the Commission’s claimed remission on his part, he was relieved of his duty and directed to hand over the office to the Administrative Secretary in Cross River State.