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INEC Sacks REC Frankland Briyai ‘For Joining APC’

The Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) has sacked the Resident Electoral
Commissioner (REC) of Cross River State, Dr.
Frankland Briyai, for violating provisions of the
Constitution on his appointment. The National
Commissioner and Chairman Information and
Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye,
said this on Friday in Abuja in a statement.
Dr. Briyai joined the ruling All Progressives
Congress, APC on Thursday to contest the
Bayelsa State governorship race billed for
November 2019. He disclosed this at a send-forth
party held at the INEC office in Calabar.
According to him, the Bayelsa State born, on
Thursday addressed the media that he has
resigned his position as REC with effect from 8th
August 2019 and joined a political party on whose
platform he intends to contest the November 16,
2019 Governorship Election in Bayelsa State.
Okoye said that though this was done at the
commission’s Cross River State office in Calabar,
the commission is yet to receive any
communication on this from Dr. Briyai. Okoye
said that Section 306 (2) of the Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria states that the
resignation of such appointment takes effect on
receipt of the letter of resignation by the
appointing authority – in this case the President.
“While it is the right of any Commissioner or
official of the Commission to resign his or her
appointment and join any political party of his/her
choice and to aspire for any office or position,
INEC frowns at the use of its premises or
facilities for any political purpose as this is
unlawful and contrary to the Code of Conduct
subscribed to by all its officials.”
“Following his declaration, the Commission has
relieved Dr. Briyai of his duties as a Resident
Electoral Commissioner and withdrawn all powers
delegated to him. Consequently, the
Administrative Secretary of Cross River State has
been directed to oversee the office and take over
the functions and duties of the REC until further
notice,” Okoye said.

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