Cross River Tribunal Upholds Ayade’s Victory
The Cross River Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar has, on Thursday, affirmed the reelection victory of the incumbent governor, Mr. Ben Ayade.
Mr. Ayade vied and won on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP].
Reacting to the judgment, Ayade, speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, said he was not surprised at the verdict.
Describing the tribunal judgement as a mere reaffirmation of his resounding victory at the governorship poll, he said his victory was never in doubt.
The statement reads: “As I did when I won the governorship election of March 9, by dedicating my victory to God, the great people of Cross River State and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) family, let me once again rededicate today’s tribunal verdict which explicitly reinforced the will of the people to them.
“I had no doubt that I would emerge victorious at the tribunal. I have never lost faith or confidence in our judicial system.
“I was very confident that the tribunal would be diligent and upright in determining the petitions brought before it and it did just that today and I am happy, Cross Riverians are happy and I am sure that even the petitioners will be happy that the tribunal has acquitted itself.”
On the effect of the verdict on him and his campaign promises, the governor noted:
“Today’s judgement is no doubt a call for a redoubling of effort, energy, kinetics and gusto to consolidate on what my administration started four years ago, which is the aggressive industrialization of the state.”