Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade, Friday, acquired his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following his victory on the March 9, governorship ballot.
Speaking shortly after being introduced with the certificates at Mike Igini corridor, INEC Secretariat, Calabar, Ayade urged all Cross Riverians to return collectively in an effort to construct the state.
“Today marks the top of get together politics. We should be united, we should come collectively to mirror on the lack of our oil wells, our Bakassi Peninsula, the excision from the 13 p.c derivation, amongst others. We should come collectively in our unity and collectivity to work collectively as a state to deliver worth and hope to Cross River,” Ayade mentioned.
Extending a hand of fellowship to those that contested together with him, the governor remarked: “I would like name on our brothers on the opposite facet to hitch us to kind a authorities of state unity, a authorities that can accommodate all events and all shade of opinions in addition to a authorities that can deal with the people.
“It is time for governance. We should at this level put an finish to get together politics and deal with the core goal of my coverage which is the prosperity agenda of Cross River.”
Continuing, Ayade who recalled that in his first time period as governor, whereas pushed by feelings to place meals on the desk, mentioned he expanded authorities, a improvement he mentioned he’ll replicate in his second time period as, “I’m going to increase the federal government way more and no one goes to lose his job.”
Ayade lauded INEC for the peaceable conduct of elections within the state, at the same time as he counseled the governorship candidates of different events who’ve all come out to assist him.
Governor Ayade particularly thanked the voters who rewarded him in his historic victory as he gained in all of the native authorities areas and in each single polling unit within the state.
For INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmood who was represented by the National Commissioner representing Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta and Rivers, Mustapha Mohammed Lekky, “the remainder of the nation is happy with Cross River due to how comparatively peaceable, free and honest, its elections within the state have been performed.”
Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Frankland Briyai, defined that “the Certificate of Return confirms the winner of the election. That is, it’s not sufficient that somebody was introduced winner. Until the certificates is issued, such an individual can’t current himself or herself for swearing in or inauguration because the case could also be,” mentioning that, “for the winners, the certificates mark the top of the electoral course of.”
Commenting, Chairman, Forum of Governorship Candidates, 2019 in Cross River, Castro Ezama, mentioned: “We all acquired concerned on this election and fact be mentioned, if we do the election ten occasions, Governor Ayade will nonetheless win, that’s simply the reality.”
Asked if he’ll search redress in a tribunal having misplaced out, Ezama disclosed: “I used to be a governorship candidate and so there isn’t any technique to go to a tribunal. The greatest tribunal to go to now’s the tribunal of coming collectively on a desk to see how we are able to chart Cross River. We should transfer with this governor that has gotten the imaginative and prescient and today God has blessed him to mann the management of the state. He has invited us and all of us should assist him.”
State Chairman, Inter get together Advisory Committee (IPAC) Paddy Alli, defined that the promise of inclusive authorities by Ayade stays a welcome improvement and really has the endorsement of his committee, as it’s an proof of a concencus authorities and that which focuses on the welfare of the people.
On his half, Chairman, Conference of Nigeria political events (CNPP), Sunday Michael, mentioned: “We need to thank the governor for accepting to hold all people alongside. At this stage, what he does together with his authorities is as much as him however he has agreed to be magnanimous and that’s the reason we’re calling on two of our 25 members who for any motive usually are not right here that they need to incorporate themselves into this authorities.
If you like the state, these blueprints you could have, submit them to the sitting governor who will in flip sit and convey out what’s going to progress Cross River, it’s a win win state of affairs.”