By Endurance Onun:
National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has petitioned the Cross River State INEC Residential Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Frankland Briyai and other members of the Commission.
Mr. Frankland had, on Thursday, this week announced his resignation and consequently declaring his intent to contest as governor of Bayelsa State in the November 16th, 2019 state elections.
This said resignation and declaration of interest took place at the Cross River State INEC headquarters, Mutala Muhammed Highway, Calabar.
Meanwhile, INEC National has responded to the development by issuing a statement wherein they qualified Dr. Frankland’s resignation as “illegal” having failed to meet-up with the laid down procedures for resignation and also frowning at Dr. Frankland’s choice of using the Commission’s premises or facilities for political purposes “as this is unlawful and contrary to the Code of Conduct subscribed to by all its officials”.
Consequently, in the said response from INEC National of Friday, August 9th, the Commission relieved Briyai of his duties as a Resident Electoral Commissioner and withdrew all powers delegated to him while ordering the Administrative Secretary of INEC Cross River State to oversee the office and take over the functions and duties of the REC until further notice.
Despite this moves by INEC National, Prince Uche Secondus still wants Dr. Frankland to be investigated for party affiliation during his service as REC of Cross River State.
Prince Secondus who, while in a chat with newsmen in Abuja, expressed his surprise at Briyai’s outing demanded the INEC National to properly investigate Briyai’s activities as it concerns party affliction. He also said that other members of the Commission should also be investigated alongside.