Cross River State Governor-elect, Prof Ben Ayade, the Deputy Governor-elect, Prof Ivara Esu and the 25 members-elect of the state House of Assembly have received their certificates of return.

All of them are of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmud Yakubu, who was represented by the National Commissioner in charge of Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Delta, Dr. Mustapha Mohammed, presented the certificates to them at the INEC headquarters in Calabar.

Yakubu said the presentation of the certificates was in compliance with the law that established the commission.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Frankland Briyai, said Cross River has been praised for being among the best that conducted the election and no life was lost during the polls.

He attributed the success of the election in the state to the contributions of all relevant stakeholders.

Speaking afterwards, Ayade, who is the incumbent governor, extended the olive branch to the opposition in the state, saying, “let us put an end to enmity. Whether you are in PDP, APC, or SDP, we are all Cross Riverians.”

He said in spite of the meagre resources the state gets, he would continue to improve the welfare of the people of the state and sustain the industrialization drive he began in his first term.

“I will do much more in my second term. We must show what is called governance,” he said.

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