Winners and losers emerge of nat’l assembly elections in Cross River emerge

  • The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has gained the upper hand in the south-south region of Nigeria
  • In Cross River, the APC secured majority seats at the national assembly ahead of their closest rival, PDP
  • The APC secure two out of three senate seats and six out of eight House of Representative seats

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state has lost its grip on most of the legislative seats at the national assembly to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

As reported by PM News, the PDP lost two House of Senate seats to the APC and six House of Representatives seats to the APC.

APC, Cross River
Despite a bad outing at the presidential polls in Cross River, the APC was the dominant party at the legislative election with two senate seat and six house of reps seats. Photo: APC
Source: UGC

These seats include the Cross River Central and Cross River South senatorial district, except for the Cross Rivers North senatorial district, where the PDP created an upset by defeating the outgoing governor, Prof Ben Ayade, who contested under the flagship of the APC.

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Governor Ayade lost to his PDP counterpart Senator Jarigbe Agom-Jarigbe who polled 76,145 votes against Ayade’s 56,595 votes.

Meanwhile, APC’s Williams Jonah won the Cross River Central seat with 57, 354 votes against Ewa Bassey of the PDP, who polled 53,463 votes in the polls.

PDP’s woos continued when it could only secure two seats at the House of Reps, conceding six to the APC.

This means the House of Reps will welcome new legislators to the green chamber for the next four years of parliamentary deliberations and policy-making decisions at the national assembly.

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Meanwhile, fresh observations have confirmed that the nomination and appointment of state INEC commissioners with political affiliations may have impacted the 2023 polls.

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Civil society groups, in the build-up to the elections, raised concerns over the credibility and neutrality of commissioners.

Meanwhile, a foremost election observer group, Connected Development (CODE), confirmed that the 2023 polls were greeted with many irregularities.

2023 Presidency: Post-Election Report Reveals Inconsistencies in Rivers, Imo Election Results

Similarly, the aftermath of the 2023 presidential polls has been brought to the fore in Yiaga Africa’s post-election report.

According to the report, inconsistencies were discovered at the polling units in two notable states.

Rivers and Imo state elections were flagged as the two states where irregularities were discovered.


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