Frank Asumah Abdulai Ayariga was the first Member of Parliament for Bawku during the Third Republic of Ghana.
Ayariga was a member of the People's National Party which was also formed the government in power between 1979 and 1981. Following the overthrow of Hilla Limann's government by the Jerry Rawlings-led Provisional National Defence Council on 31 December 1981, Ayariga left for exile in Nigeria. He stayed there for six years, only returning to Ghana in 1987 after he had been cleared of corruption
Ayariga's family hails from Tinsungo in Bawku in Upper East Region of Ghana. He was also a member of the Kusasi Royal Family. He was married to Anatu Ayariga. He had eleven children.
His third child, Hassan Ayariga was the Presidential candidate for the People's National Convention in the Ghanaian presidential election in December 2012. Mahama Ayariga, a younger son of his is the MP for Bawku and a former Deputy Minister for Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry and later Education.