Obudu bye-election: I’m impressed with turnout, peaceful conduct – Ayade

Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has lauded the conduct of the Obudu State Constituency bye-election into the state House of Assembly.
He described the turnout as impressive and the process as peaceful.
Ayade who arrived kakum town hall polling unit with code number “004,” at Ipong registration area at exactly 10:25am, went through the accreditation process before casting his vote in the unit which has a total of 744 voters.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after casting his vote, Ayade said: “So far, to this point, I am very impressed with INEC, my card read at the first instance, everybody is getting accredited, voting is being done smoothly, there is no rancour, it is very peaceful, I want to commend INEC up to this point.”
Continuing, Ayade intimated that following information received across the local government, “everything is peaceful, I must also commend the security agencies so far because in politics, you only say by the hour.”
Asked if the election was more of a referendum on his acceptability by his people, the governor affirmed: “Basically it is more or less like a referendum because my state house member representing Obudu State Constituency in the Cross River House of Assembly died suddenly and so, the bye election is today. So, it is a validation of my own services.”
He added that “this is my home town, this is where I was born and I am right in my own family unit and so here we are in a large crowd and I hear it is the same everywhere. I am going to sit down at home and wait for the counting. After the counting, we will also wait for the result at the local government collation centre.”
On his expectations, Ayade said: “Of course, this is my own state, the governor’s own state constituency, nothing else. I am PDP and definitely I pray that the party wins.”
A local observer and member of Nigeria Progressive Union and Youths Development Initiative, Femi Rachael Promise, affirmed that “having gone round almost all polling units in the local government area, my team observed that the election is free, fair and credible. No cases of violence, riot and no report of snatching of ballot boxes.”

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