A leading support group of the All Progressives Congress, APC Mandate Defenders (APCMD) has adopted the immediate past Residence Electoral Commissioner for Cross River State, Dr. Frankland Briyai as it’s candidate for the August 29 governorship primaries in Bayelsa State.
Addressing newsmen after it’s emergency meeting in Abuja, the national publicity secretary of the group, Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka noted that it arrived at the decision based on the pedigree and competence of Dr. Briyai to deliver victory to the party in the coming November 16 governorship election in the state.
The group further noted that Dr. Briyai is well acceptable to all stakeholders in the state and as such believes that such an impeccable attribute is what the party requires for unification and victory in the oil rich state of Bayelsa.
The group called on the National, State and Ward leadership of the party to regularise his membership status by not only issuing him party membership card but by granting him waiver and ensuring that his name enters the national register of the party.
In our view, we believe that Dr. Briyai should be adopted as the party’s consensus candidate but where such demand is not possible, we call on party stakeholders, members or delegates as the case may be to ensure the victory of Dr. Briyai in the forth coming party primary.
Our decision is based on our findings which shows that Bayelsa electorates are tired of the same old faces and names that keep appearing at every election time.
Hence, the general mood of the state suggests that Bayelsans are ready for a new face, name and personality on the ballot this time around.
Another reason for our decision on Dr. Briyai is based on the intractable conflicts and crisis of confidence among leaders and supporters of the party in the state.
Therefore, to strike a balance and solidify the base of the party ahead of the November 16 polls, the party need to field a tested, trusted and reliable aspirant in the person of Dr. Frankland Briyai as it’s candidate.
Again, based on credible intelligence from Bayelsa State, Dr. Briyai’s aspiration is appealing to all segments of the society, including the youths, men and women, old and young in the state.
Therefore, we advise party leaders and members to support Dr. Briyai to get the nomination of the party in the coming August 29 primary.
Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka,
National Publicity Secretary,
APC Mandate Defenders