Wife of late C’River law­maker wins as­sem­bly seat

Daily Trust - - POLITICS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

Gov­er­nor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State can­di­date, Mrs. Abbey Ukpukpen, has won the Obudu State Con­stituency by-elec­tion to re­place her late hus­band in the Cross River State House of As­sem­bly.

Mrs. Ukpukpen won on the plat­form of the rul­ing PDP, beat­ing her APC op­po­nent, Mr. Adah Ishamali, an in­di­gene of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, who peo­ple claimed was more pop­u­lar.

INEC Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer, Dr. Tony Eyang, an­nounced that Mrs. Ukpukpen scored 12,530, while Ishamali polled 4,349 votes. He, there­fore, de­clared her win­ner.

Mrs. Ukpukpen is the wi­dow of the late Steven Ukpukpen, who slumped and died two months ago af­ter an early morn­ing exercise.

Gov. Ayade said, “The elec­tion was more of a ref­er­en­dum on my ac­cept­abil­ity and my stew­ard­ship to my peo­ple. There couldn’t be any more re­sound­ing af­fir­ma­tion than this from my peo­ple and that he never had any doubt about the likely out­come of the elec­tion.

“Of course, this is my own state con­stituency, the gov­er­nor’s own state con­stituency. I am a mem­ber of the PDP and def­i­nitely, I am happy that the party won. It is a val­i­da­tion of my own service.”

He com­mended the gen­eral con­duct of the exercise de­spite pock­ets of vi­o­lence.

The APC con­demned the process, say­ing that it was a fraud.

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