Feb 27, 2012 – Liyel Imoke Declared Winner of Cross River Governoship Election
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Liyel Imoke was yesterday declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Cross River State. Imoke scored 451,544 votes (90.11 per cent of total votes cast) to beat Pastor Usani Usani of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) who scored 31,026 votes. naijagists.com
The returning officer, Prof James Epoke, who is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) announced the result after receiving results from collation officers from the Local Government Areas at the mini-theatre of the Cultural Centre Complex, in Calabar.
In attendance were national officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini and party agents who signed the results among other stakeholders.
There were 1, 242, 916 registered voters. Total votes cast was 501, 117. Of this figure, valid votes cast was 489, 939; 11, 178 were rejected.
The results were collated from 17 of the 18 local governments of the state. Election did not hold in Bakassi Local Government due to a court order served INEC late on Friday, restraining it from conducting the election in the area.
Twelve political parties participated in the election.
Other results are ALP 325, ANPP 2235, APS 172, CDC 197, CPC 705, DFPF 182, HDP 247, LP 1922, PPA 1146 and UNPD 235.
President Jonathan urged Imoke to move quickly to establish a dedicated, purposeful and efficient administration that will help him to consolidate on the laudable achievements of his first term and boost the pace of socio-economic development in the state.
Senate President David Mark also congratulated Imoke.
Mark, in a statement by his spokesman Paul Mumeh in Abuja, said Imoke’s re- election would be a great leap for the social-economic and tourism development of the state.
He urged the governor-elect and his team to reconcile all sections of the state and encourage them to contribute their quota to the development of the state.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal advised losers in the election to accept defeat and work with Imoke.
Tambuwal, in a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Imam Imam, said Imoke’s victory reaffirmed the superiority of the PDP over other political parties.
According to him, Imoke’s record of achievement in the last five years played a huge part in his reemergence. The people made the right choice in reelecting Imoke, Tambuwal said.
Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar also congratulated Imoke.
He said his “re-emergence with a resounding and convincing margin is a mandate to continue leading Cross River in the direction he has led the state in the last four years”.
Atiku added: “Liyel is a performer. I know he won’t fail the party and the people.”