Presenting the certificates, Mrs Thelma Iremirem, the INEC National Electoral Commissioner, said it was the mandate of the Commission to present certificates of return to election winners.
Iremirem, who congratulated the winners for their victory at the polls, urged them to always deliver the campaign promises they made to the people.
She said “expectations are high; the people who voted you in are consciously waiting for your leadership and dividends of democracy.
“Government is a continuous process; I want to advise the governor-elect and other legislators to always fulfill their campaign promises.’’
She then presented certificates of return to the eight members of the House of Representatives representing the eight federal constituencies in the state.
She said the two senators-elect who were absent at the ceremony would have to visit INEC headquarters in Abuja to obtain their certificates as it would not be issued by proxy.
Dr Sylvester Okey-Ezeani, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, said the presentation of certificates was one of the mandates of the commission.
Okey-Ezeani said the certificate of return was a further confirmation to the winner of the election.
“We will continue to improve on our methods in our determination to deliver credible, free and fair elections,’’ he said.
Responding on behalf of the election winners, Ayade thanked the people of Cross River for electing him as governor, adding that the victory was for the state.