The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has presented certificate of return to the Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade.
The commission also presented certificate of return to 25 new and re-elected members of the Cross River State House of Assembly at a lavish ceremony attended by politicians, observers and a cross section of society.
In a brief remark, Governor Ayade thanked the people for unanimously re-electing him to complete the lofty projects he started in the first three year of the present administration.
Ayade said: “I am humbled by the confidence you people have reposed on me. I also use this opportunity to call on other contestants to join me in the task of taking our dear State to the next level.”
According to him, “Cross River needs all the intellectual and materials capacities to be independent economically. All our efforts would be geared to achieve our vision of a State not dependent on federal allocation to thrive”.
“We must put an end to the politics. We must be united to ensure that the loss of our values must be restored. We must work together to bring hope to all Cross River. Let us all sit together and form a government of unity,” said Ayade.
He promised to expand the government further, promising that no appointee currently serving would loose his position come June 12.
Earlier, the National Chairman, Mahmoud Yakub, who was represented by the National Commissioner for Cross River, Delta and Akwa Ibom States, Dr. Mohammed Lekky described the Governorship election in the State as free and fair.
He said: “Cross River State had relative free, fair and credible elections. In the whole country, INEC is glad that Cross River was exemplary in the conduct of the elections. I congratulate you all for this achievement.”
The occasion was rounded off with a reception organised by political appointees in honour of Governor Ben Ayade and other elected legislators.