By Jonathan Ugbal
The winner of the August 11, 2018 house of assembly bye-election in Obudu local government area of northern Cross River State, Mrs. Abbey Ukpukpen has broken silence on her ambition pledging to give her constituents the “representation they deserve.”
This was contained in a statement signed by her and issued Tuesday in Calabar where she said that despite her still been in mourning, the support from the voters was in honor of the memory of her late husband, Mr. Stephen Ukpukpen whose death had necessitated the bye-election.
“Though still in mourning and battling various emotions right now, the Obudu people should be assured that I will reciprocate this kind gesture and will do my best to provide them the representation they deserve in the remaining months of the 8th Assembly,” the statement read.
Commending the electorate, Mrs. Ukpukpen said that: “I thank them from the bottom of my heart for choosing me even though they could have chosen anyone else.”
Continuing, she averred that: “The overwhelming support displayed by all those who turned out to vote was indeed a vote to honor the memory of my late husband, Rt. Hon. Stephen Akomaye Ukpuken who held the ideals of simplicity, approachability, integrity and contentment close to heart. I will like to assure the Obudu people that this new mandate will not deviate from those ideals.”
Also, she commended her party, the People’s Democratic Party for providing her the platform as well as Governor Ben Ayade and his wife for their support to her family.
Mrs. Ukpukpen who has been absent throughout the electoral processes, polled 12,712 votes to beat three other contenders last week. She is expected to be sworn-in in a few days after receiving the certificate of return.
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