Benedict Ayade

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Benedict Ayade
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Senator Ben Ayade
Executive Governor, Cross River state
Governor of Cross River State
Assumed office
29 May 2015
DeputyIvara Esu
Preceded byLiyel Imoke
Nigerian Senator for Cross River State
In office
April 2011 – May 2015
Personal details
Born (1968-03-02) 2 March 1968 (age 53)
Kakum, Obudu LGA, Cross River State, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian
Political partyAll Progressives Congress (APC)
Spouse(s)Dr. Linda Ayade
ProfessionEnvironmentalist, Lawyer
Websitewww.senatorbenayade.org

Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade (born 2 March 1968) is a Nigerian politician and the current governor of Cross River State since 29 May 2015. He ran successfully for the office of governor in April 2015 on the platform of People's Democratic Party (PDP). Before that, he was a member of the 7th Senate of Nigeria.[1] He was re-elected as the governor of Cross River State in the 2019 gubernatorial elections.[2] Ayade, on Thursday, May 20, 2021, announced his defection to All Progressives Congress (APC) in Calabar, capital of the State, and was received by Yobe Governor and APC caretaker Committee Chair, Mai Mala Buni.[3]

Early life[edit]

Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade was born on 2 March 1968 to the family of Mr. & Mrs. Peter Akinsheye Ayade, natives of Kakum village in Obudu, Nigeria. His parents were both devout Catholics. His father worked as a public servant with the water board.[4]

Education[edit]

Benedict Ayade received his primary education at St. Stephens Primary School, Obudu, and proceeded to Government Secondary School, Obudu, Nigeria, for his secondary education.

Ayade earned his B.Sc. (Honours) from the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria (1984–1988). He then proceeded to obtain his M.Sc. in microbiology (1989–1990) and subsequently his Ph.D in environmental microbiology from the same University of Ibadan (1990–1994), winning the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in Environmental Microbiology. Ayade also has an MBA (2000–2002) from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State. Ayade is a lawyer with a LLB law degree (2006–2010) from Delta State University, Abraka.[5] Ayade went on to work as a lecturer at Delta State University, Abraka, where he was subsequently appointed professor.[6]

From his work in groundwater remediation in Nigeria, Ayade invented a sewage treatment plant powered by solar energy.[7]

Appointments/political career[edit]

  • Chairman of Ecological Fund
  • Chairman of International Institute of Environmental Research
  • Member of Strategic Policy Advisory Council
  • Member of Nigeria Association of Petroleum Engineers
  • Member of Cross River State Poverty Alleviation Board[8]

Ayade ventured into politics when he ran for a seat in the Nigerian Senate in the 2011 elections as a member of the PDP. Ayade was elected by accumulating a total of 91,123 votes.

During his term in the Senate, Ayade held the position of vice-chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology. He was also a member of other committees such as Petroleum Downstream, Education, Drugs/Narcotics/Crime etc.

Ayade won the gubernatorial poll again on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 2015 elections in Cross River State, having polled 342,016 votes ahead of the All Progressives Congress candidate in the state, Odey Ochicha, with 53,983 votes.[9]

Ayade recontested in the 2019 gubernatorial elections as a member of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and was reelected as the governor of Cross River State.[10][11][12]

Awards[edit]

Ayade was awarded the 2016 Vanguard Governor of the Year.[13]

Ayade was awarded the 2019 Champion Newspaper Governor of the Year.[14]


Ayade was awarded the 2020 Leadership newspaper Governor of the year.


Ayade was also awarded the Blueprint Newspaper Governor of the Year on Agro-industrializatihin 2021. The e award was in recognition of his developmental strides on Agro-industrialization.

On 24 August 2019, Ayade was invested as the Knight of St. John (KSJ) International by the Roman Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Cathedral, the seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Calabar.[15]

Family and personal life[edit]

Ayade is married to Dr. Linda Ayade and has 3 children. His hobbies include reading, playing and watching games, as well as dancing.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Election update : Prof. Ben Ayade wins in Cross River State". Encomium. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ https://www.channelstv.com/2019/03/11/breaking-cross-river-governor-ben-ayade-re-elected/amp/
  3. ^ https://www.ripplesnigeria.com/apc-schemes-ayades-defection-ahead-of-2023-polls/
  4. ^ "Meet Sen Ben Ayade". Senator Ben Ayade's Website. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Ayade: A Governor and Philanthropist @51". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  6. ^ Senator Ben Ayade Online Media Team (13 January 2015). "Meet Sen Ben Ayade". Senator Ben Ayade website. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  7. ^ Channels TV (6 December 2015). "Gov. Ayade Leads African Governors to Climate Summit in Paris". Channels TV. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  8. ^ Senator Ben Ayade Online Media Team (13 January 2015). "Meet Sen Ben Ayade". Senator Ben Ayade website. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Senator Ayade Wins Cross River Governorship With Landslide". Cross River watch. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  10. ^ https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/319459-ayade-wins-re-election-as-governor-of-cross-river.html
  11. ^ Channels TV (6 December 2015). "Gov. Ayade Leads African Governors to Climate Summit in Paris". Channels TV. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  12. ^ "INEC declares Ben Ayade winner of Cross Rivers governorship election". Oak TV Newstrack. Oak tv. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  13. ^ Vanguard Newspaper (14 March 2017). "Vanguard Gov of the Year Award: Gowon, Anyaoku, laud Ayade". Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  14. ^ Admin (19 November 2019). "Champion Newspaper Awards Ayade Governor Of The Year 2019". Paradise News. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  15. ^ Ifop, Frankie (25 August 2019). "Governor Ayade Is Now A Knight Of St. John (KSJ)". Paradise News. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  16. ^ Senator Ben Ayade Online Media Team (13 January 2015). "Meet Sen Ben Ayade". Senator Ben Ayade website. Retrieved 13 January 2015.