Wife of late C’River lawmaker wins assembly seat
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.