Bayelsa Governorship: Why We Disqualified Ex-INEC REC from Primary Election – APC

  • Frankland was disqualified over an allegation of not being a card-carrying member of the party for up to one calendar year.

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has disqualified the former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross Rivers State, Dr Briyai Frankland from participating in the party’s primary election.

This was done by the Governorship Primary Election Screening Committee of the ruling party vested with such power.

According to the committee, Dr Frankland was disqualified on Tuesday over an allegation of not being a card-carrying member of the party for up to one calendar year.

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The immediate past Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, and five others were however cleared for the August 29 governorship primary.

Others involved in the electioneering process include, Preys Aganaba, Mr Ebitimi Amgbare, Ms Diseye Poweigha, Mr Lyon David, and Professor Ongoebi Etebu.

The screening committee headed by the Chairman, Isa Song,  also revealed that only Dr Briyai Oyeins Frankland was not cleared after a thorough exercise.

According to its report, which was signed by all seven members, the committee stated that the screening exercise was conducted  in line with the guidelines and code of conduct emphasised at ensuring that aspirants must have been card-carrying members of the party up to one calendar year while aspirants with multiple declarations of age must harmonise same to avoid untoward situation.

According to the committee, the modalities adopted for the screening were the balloting of numbers one to seven which was picked by each aspirant to determine the order for which they were called to appear before the members adding that each aspirant was asked questions relating to qualifications and conduct in line with both party constitution and election guidelines to contest for the primary election on the platform of the APC.

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The report of the committee also noted that the aspirants were also asked to produce evidence of membership of the party, voter’s card and payment of the prescribed fees, as well as the original copy of their credentials for sighting.

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