Dr Franklin Erepamo Osaisai a Nuclear Scientist on Saturday publicly declared his interest in contesting the Nov. 9 governorship polls in Bayelsa State.
Osaisai revealed his governorship aspirations at a church service held at St John’s Anglican Church in his community, Koluama situated along the Atlantic coastline in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state .
Speaking during the service titled Solemn Declaration of Interest, Osaisai a former Director-General, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission explained that he resolved to come back to the roots of his humble beginning in Church.
He said that he recalled that it was the grace of God that took him from a Chorister at the St John’s Anglican Church to the pinnacle of his career and becoming a pioneer Chief Executive of the Atomic Energy Commission.
Dr Osaisai disclosed that his aspiration was due to his compassion for service to the people of Bayelsa following the winding down of the current administration led by Gov. Seriake Dickson on Feb 14, 2020.
“I aspire to lead the people of Bayelsa to consolidate on the achievements of Gov Seriake Dickson and it is in realization of the fact that leadership comes from God that I chose to declare my intention from where I had my humble beginning.
“I am a firm believer and beneficiary of God’s grace and because power comes from God, I thought it wise to come to the source and declare my interest before God in the presence of people.
“I hope to be fair to all parts of Bayelsa and mobilize the people for development and progress and I position myself to lead,” Osaisai said.
Osaisai was also a former Commissioner for Works in Bayelsa during the administration of Late Gov DSP Alamieyeseigha.
Speaking at the Service, Dr Emmanuel Oko-Jaja, Bishop of Niger Delta West Dioscese said that God instituted government and ordains leaders adding that those who want to lead must have the right motives.
He noted that it was instructive that Osaisai did not forget his humble beginnings and said that such a trait was rare amongst the elite.
“If a man will remember and recognize his humble background and chose to take this first step in this rural remote setting, it is an indication that he will reenact the success he made out of his career.
“While it is good to aspire for leadership, it is the motive behind the aspiration that counts before God,” Oko-Jaja said.
Clergymen, Traditional Rulers from Koluama Council of Chiefs, community members and associates of Osaisai from all walks of life and all local government areas in the state graced the occasion.