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Governor Ayade Loses Bid To Return To Senate



River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has lost his bid to return to the Senate.

Ayade was defeated by the incumbent senator representing Cross River North, Senator Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ayade who was in the Senate between 2011 and 2015, lost the National Assembly elections conducted on Saturday, February 25, with 56,595 votes against Agom-Jarigbe of the PDP who scored 76,145 votes.

The returning officer, Dr. Emmanuel Emanghe, who spoke on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the result of the polls around 3:05 a.m. on Monday.

It was also gathered the re-elected Senator could not be issued with the Declaration Form after his declaration by the returning officer. He was told that it was mistakenly taken to Obudu by the electoral body in the state, but will be issued with a temporary one pending when the original one will be brought.

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