The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) has declared Benedict Ayade, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross Rivers State winner of the gubernatorial election held on Saturday, March 9.
Announcing the result on Sunday in Calabar, the State Returning Officer, Prof. Akim Ibhadode said, Ayade won the election with 381,484 votes.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) scored 131,161 votes while the Social Democratic Party (SDP) had 4,818 votes.
Ibhadode explained that the state has 1,486,026 registered voters, out of which 542,115 were accredited for the election while valid votes cast were 522,309, rejected votes 11,499 and the total votes cast was 533,808.
The result sheet was signed by all party agents present and the Cross River Commissioner of Police, Austin Agbonlahor.
However, the collation agent of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Prince Celestine Awor, alleged that the election in Obudu Local Government Area was marred with irregularities.
“Other political parties are not allowed to participate in the election, there was buying of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) from the electorate and massive thumb printing by the PDP in a secret location,” he alleged.
He said that the APC has evidence and would petition the result from Obudu.
In his response, Ibhadode said the result would be accepted since the collation officer from the local government had reported that the election was peaceful in the area, but added that the APC can go ahead with its petition if it was not satisfied and that it would be looked into.