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Group flays sacking of INEC REC, says it’s unlawful

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Pro-democracy group, National Coalition for Progressive Change (NCPC), has kicked against the sacking of the Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Dr. Frankland Briyai.

The group in a statement issued on Saturday in Calabar by its South South Coordinator, Comrade Samson Effiom, condemned the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sack Dr. Briyai, noting that the move was unconstitutional.

The group in the statement argued that Dr. Briyai who signaled his intention to contest the November 2019 Bayelsa governorship election on APC platform on Tuesday had sent his resignation letter dated August 5, 2019, to INEC, and wondered why the electoral body came out to say they never got it.

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Recall that after Briyai declared his political ambition, INEC frowned at the his decision and subsequently relieved him as the Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), and also at that point, denied receiving his resignation letter.

However, INEC acknowledged that 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.

It however argued that Dr. Briyai was involved in an unlawful act contrary to the Code of Conduct subscribed to by all its officials, which bars them from using INEC premises or facilities for any political purpose.

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