The senator representing Cross River northern senatorial district in the upper legislative chamber of the national assembly, Dr Rose Oko, has congratulated Governor Ben Ayade and the winner of Saturday, August 11, 2018 Obudu state constituency bye election, Mrs Abbey Ukpukpen.
Sen Oko, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora and NGOs also described the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate as victory for democracy.
Mrs Ukpukpen will replace her late husband, Hon Ukpukpen Stephen in the Cross River State house of assembly, representing Obudu state constituency. He passed on in May.
In a congratulatory nessage, Senator Oko said, “I warmly congratulate His Excellency, the digital Governor of our dear Cross River State, Sen. Prof Ben Ayade, our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), our dedicated party leaders and stakeholders, my dear constituents, the good people of Obudu Local Government Area, and indeed the winner of Saturday, August 11, 2018 Bye-election for the State House of Assembly, Mrs Abbey Ukpupken.
“The landslide victory of the Saturday bye election is a victory for democracy, a confirmation and an attestation to the fact that the good people of Obudu are fully and totally with their own son, our dear Governor. This is also a further proof that Cross River remains an Umbrella state, the PDP.”
She thanked the good people of Obudu for their impressive turn out, their patience with the voting process and orderliness while the exercise lasted.
The female lawmaker also thanked the electoral officers who ensured the early arrival of voting materials to the various wards and polling units and guaranteed a free and fair exercise. And the security agencies for ensuring a hitch free exercise in terms of security.
“The outcome of Saturday’s exercise is a clear signal of the electoral chances of our great party, the PDP ahead of the 2019 general elections,” she said.
It would be recalled that candidate representing the PDP in Saturday’s Obudu Bye-Election for State House of Assembly in Cross River State, Mrs Abbey Ukpukpen emerged winner polling a total of 12,712 votes to beat her closest rival of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had 4,345 votes.
Mrs Ukpukpen was declared winner by the INEC returning Officer, Dr Tony Enyang.