Calabar – The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State has formally reacted to the recent sack of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Frankland Briyai, by the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Briyai was sack on August 9, 2019 for abuse of office after claiming to have resigned, yet he used the premises of the commission in Calabar to announce his intention to contest the November 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa on the platform of the APC.
While commending INEC headquarters for sacking Briyai for misconduct and abuse of office, a statement by Bassey Ita, the state publicity secretary of APC, noted that under Briyai as REC in Cross River State in the last general election, fabricated results were allegedly announced.
In the statement captioned, ‘Dr. Briyai: The Evil That Men Do, Lives With Them’, Ita said: “the sack slammed on Dr. Frankland Briyai by the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission did not come as a surprise given his very treacherous role during the last general elections in the state.”
The party, therefore, asked pertinent questions and urged the REC to provide answers thus:
“How much could Dr. Briyai’s salaries and allowances even as a senior public servant of that category be that he would save much to enable him vie for such a coveted office of governor if not for graft?
“If Dr. Briyai claims to have raised his money from legitimate means, can he please make the figure of such savings public for avoidance of the doubt that he mortgaged the integrity and neutrality of INEC for personal gains?
The APC also urged the Bayelsa State chapter of the party to be wary of the gubernatorial ambition of the recently sacked REC, Briyai, alleging “that it is borne out of mischief.”
The party said Briyai’s quest to contest the November gubernatorial election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress could not have been genuine given his criminal onslaught against the same party he seeks use to realize his gubernatorial ambition.
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