The Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar, Cross River has upheld the Election of Senator Ben Ayade of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the duly elected in the March 9, 2019 governorship poll.
Prof Ayade describes the tribunal judgement as a mere reaffirmation of his resounding victory at the poll.
Mr. Christian Ita, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,to Sen. Ben Ayade, who spoke unbehalf of the governor said he was not surprised at the verdict since his victory was never in doubt.
“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.”
“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 industrialisation of the state, he added.