BREAKING: Ayade Casts Vote In Obudu Assembly Bye-Election, Expresses Hope Of Victory

In Breaking News, National News, Politics

By Jonathan Ugbal: Government House Correspondent

Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has cast his vote at the ongoing house of assembly bye-election in Obudu local government area of northern Cross River State.

Mr. Ayade arrived his polling unit at Kakum village in at 10:21 AM and immediately proceeded to be accredited amidst cheers from the locals.

CRS Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade acknowledging cheers from the locals as he arrives a polling unit to vote at the ongoing Obudu state assembly bye-election. 11/8/2018 CrossRiverWatch/Jonathan Ugbal

His right thumb had failed but his index finger got him accredited.

The right thumb fails CRS Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade as he tries to get accredited at the ongoing Obudu state assembly bye-election. 11/8/2018 CrossRiverWatch/Jonathan Ugbal
The index finger of CRS Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade gets him accredited at the ongoing Obudu state assembly bye-election. 11/8/2018 CrossRiverWatch/Jonathan Ugbal

He then voted at exactly 10:26 AM.

CRS Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade thumbprints the party of his choice at the ongoing Obudu state assembly bye-election. 11/8/2018 CrossRiverWatch/Jonathan Ugbal

Addressing the press shortly after casting his vote, Mr. Ayade commended the organisation of the bye-elections and expressed confidence that his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will win.

When asked what he expects at the end of the polls, Ayade expressed confidence and averred that: “I am PDP and so definitely PDP should win.”

Commending the electoral umpire, Ayade said that: “Voting is been done very peacefully, there is no rancour, very peaceful. I must commend INEC to this point at after 10. Everything across the local government has been very very peaceful.”

The governor who also commended the security agencies averred that he views the election as a validation of his service.

On the turnout of voters, he said that: “This is my home town, this is where I was born. I am right in my own family polling unit and so here we are with a large crowd and I hear it is the same everywhere across. But, I am going to return, go sit down and wait for the counting and I am sure after the counting, we will also sit back and wait for the result at the local government collation center.”

CRS Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade casts his vote at the ongoing Obudu state assembly bye-election. 11/8/2018 CrossRiverWatch/Jonathan Ugbal

As at press time, it was unclear whether the candidates of both political parties had casted their votes.

However, there has been no report of security challenges despite the vandalism, fights as well tackles traded by the different political parties and their chieftains.

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