The governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in last Saturday’s election in Cross River State, Mr. Odey Ochicha, has conceded defeat as he has congratulated Prof. Ben Ayade, the winner and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate.This makes him the first APC candidate to concede defeat since the start of the 2015 general elections
In a telephone conversation with the Sun in Calabar yesterday, Ochicha said:
“This morning, I called on my opponent, the PDP gubernatorial candidate and the winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in the state, Prof. Ben Ayade, to congratulate him on his victory.“I praise him for standing the fight to the end and winning the election. I advise that you be magnanimous in victory by carrying everybody along in your administration. Besides, I enjoin you to live up to the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the state.
The PDP governorship candidate, Benedict Ayade, swept the polls in the April 11 governorship election, scoring a total of 342,016 votes to defeat his rival, Odey Ochicha of the APC, who scored 53,983 votes.