Frankland Briyai, the former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River state who used Independent and Electoral Commission (INEC) premises to declare his political ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been disqualified from participating in the party’s governorship primaries in Bayelsa.
The former REC was disqualified for not meeting some specific criteria for participating in the primary election which include being a card-carrying member of the party for at least one year.
Gubernatorial aspirants cleared by the APC screening committee include Preys Aganaba, Heineken Lokpobiri, Ebitimi Amgbare, Diseye Poweigha, Lyon David, and Ongoebi Etebu.
“Each aspirant was asked questions relating to qualifications and conduct in line with both party constitution and election guidelines to contest for the Governorship Primary election under the platform of the APC”, the committee said in the report.
“We also asked them to produce evidence of membership of the party, voters card and payment of the prescribed fees as well as the original copy of their credentials for sighting. The screening committee was empowered to screen aspirants for the governorship election for Bayelsa’
“Therefore, Dr. Briyai Frank land was not cleared and disqualified on the ground of Section 3 paragraph ‘L’ of the guideline for nomination of candidates”