Governor Ben Ayade has lost his bid to return to the Senate following his defeat by the incumbent representative of Cross River North Senatorial District, Senator Jarigbe Agom-Jarigbe.
The Governor, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, was in the Senate between 2011 and 2015.
Ayade lost the election conducted on Saturdaywith 56,595 votes to Agom-Jarigbe of the Peoples Democratic Party, who scored 76,145 votes.
The Returning Officer, Dr. Emmanuel Emanghe, who spoke on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission, announced the result for the polls around 3:05am on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria eports that Agom-Jarigbe, a two-time member of the House of Representatives, was elected into the Senate through a bye-election in September 2021 following the death of Dr. Rose Okoh.
Similarly, Ayade, who is serving out his two terms as Governor of the state, sought to replace Agom-Jarigbe as the representative of the Northern Senatorial District.
However, the re-elected Senator could not be issued with the Declaration Form after his declaration by the Retuning Officer.
Upon demand for the Declaration Form, Agom-Jarigbe was told that it was mistakenly taken to Obudu by the electoral body in the state.
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.”
Meanwhile, Godwin Offiono of the PDP, was returned elected for the Ogoji/Yala Federal Constituency election.
Offiono defeated the incumbent lawmaker representing the area, Jude Ngaji of the APC, by 36,651 votes to 32,973 votes.
The Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency result was announced by Dr. Wakasor Ofem.