By Igbogi-Gree Imelda, Calabar
The Governor-elect, Benedict Ayade has promised to hand over power to the South Senatorial District of Cross River State, after his four years in office.
Ayede said this at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, head office in Calabar, the state capital, after receiving his certificate of Return along with the Deputy Governor-elect, Professor Evara Esu and the new House of Assembly’s members.
“ I will do all I can to ensure the next governor of Cross Rivers State comes from the Southern Senatorial Districts, it is a commitment I will keep… I will also carry the opposition parties along in m government,’’ he said.
“I am calling a meeting of all governorship candidates on Tuesday next week to sit down together and see all the programmes they have and put them together, so that we can produce a document, that will become a great merchant in the state,’’ he stated.
The Governor said; “Politics is not a do or die affair. All politicians from various political parties should reconcile their difference after election.
“It is important that Africa most recognise that after election there will be reconciliation with opposition parties…Politics should be played without borders, I will like all the opposition parties to join me in the process of developing and delivery Cross River State.’’
The State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, , Dr.Frankland Briyai, urged all elected politicians to do justice to their mandate.
Dr Briyai said the success of the last general elections in the state were not the effort of the INEC alone, but the effort of all the stakeholders.
“It was a very difficult task to see that everywhere is peaceful but God helped us, today we are here to ensure that these certificates of return are issued,’’ he stated.
The Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Cross River State, Mrs. Inyang Ikpeme commended Dr Briyai for the excellent role he played during the election exercise.
She said; “I will attribute our success to the REC for his correlation relationship with the security agencies in the state in regular basic. He has been relating with all Stakeholders, calling for meetings, sensitising them on what is obtainable, the elections guidelines and what the commission want from them. At the end, the elections were credible and peaceful.’’
One of the newly elected lawmakers, Dr.David Eta told Voice of Nigeria that he was happy and would represent his people well for trusting and voting for him.
“I thank the leaders that made it possible for him to win the election. This is my first election to be in the House of Assembly…I will fully involve the youths in my activities, constituting the leaders in cardinal position that will lead to development in my local government area. ”I will also restore peaceful co-existence in my Constituency, the Abi constituency and I will make use of the youths in the local government to achieve this. I will partner with the state government and other agencies to Improve the health facilities in the area,’’ he stated.
Prominent people who attended the event were; former Cross River State Deputy Governor, Ifiong Kobom, Speaker of the Cross River State, John Gaul Lebo, Chairman of CNPP, Mr. Dr.Mahammed Lekky, Sunday Michael who represented the INEC Chairman and Chairman of Cross River State Governorship candidate forum, Mr. Catro Izama.
Others were; members of Cross River State House of Assembly elect, Members of the state executive council, Mr. Edim Imok, Chairman of Cross Rivers State PDP, Commissioner of Police Mr. Austin Agbonlahor, the state Director of DSS, INEC staff and Political Parties representatives. Mercy Chukwudiebere