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Sen. Ayade wins C/River guber primaries, defeats Jedy Agba, four others

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Senator Ben Ayade yesterday emerged the governorship candidate of the

Cross River State Peoples Democratic Party PDP after defeating five other

aspirants of the party.
In what could be described as a landslide, Senator Ayade trounced other

contestants who included former NNPC General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing,

Mr Goddy Jedy Agba, Rev. Father Francis Eworo, Doctor Peter Oti, pioneer

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Ebeshi and Mr. Joe Agi.

Four other aspirants had earlier withdrawn from the primaries, and

declared their support to Ayade. They included Executive Secretary,

National Planning Commission, Ntufam Fidelis Ugbo, immediate past

Secretary to the Government, Barrister Mike Ania, immediate past

Commissioner for Works, Barrister Legor Idagbo and Speaker of the House of

Assembly, Rt. Hon. Larry Odey.
According to the result as announced by the Chairman of the electoral

panel and Returning Officer, Chief Olusola Akanmode, Senator Ayade scored

752 out of 782 votes cast. He was subsequently declared Ayade winner by

the electoral panel Chairman.
Barrister Agi scored….votes to place second while Jedy Agba and Rev Father

Eworo scored five votes each. Both Peter Oti and Emmanuel scored zero vote

Ayade, a serving Senator representing Cross River North Senatorial

District, is the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and

Ecology.
He is also member, Senate Committees on Education, Marine Transport,

Petroleum Downstream, Drugs/Narcotics/Crime.
He is a Professor of Microbiology and also holds a degree in law.

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