Incumbent Governor, Cross River, Ben Ayade, has lost his senatorial election in the just concluded general elections.
Ayade, who was seeking to return to the Red Chamber, lost to the incumbent senator representing Cross River North, Sen. Jarigbe Agom-Jarigbe.
Agom-Jarigbe of the Peoples Democratic Party won the National Assembly elections on Saturday, defeating Ayade, who served in the Senate from 2011 to 2015. Agom-Jarigbe received 56,595 votes to Ayade’s 76,145.
Around 3:05 a.m. on Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s returning officer, Dr. Emmanuel Emanghe, declared the election’s outcome.
After his declaration by the returning officer, the Senator could not, however, receive the Declaration Form.
When the Declaration Form was requested, Agom-Jarigbe was informed that the state’s election organization had accidentally sent it to Obudu.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Gabriel Yomere, who spoke on phone said, “the form was mistakingly taken to Obudu but he can be issued with a temporary one pending when the original one will be brought.”