The collation officer for the presidential election in Rivers State State, Aniefiok Essien, has “stepped down” the results for Emohua Local Government Area after a disagreement between officials and party agents.
Backstory: Pang Enubari, the collation officer for the LGA, presented the results which included 72,745 votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 7,148 votes for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). However, agents of other political parties led by PDP’s Austin Okpara protested because the Electoral Officer (EO), Kenneth Eta, had said that no collation took place in the area.
The EO had said the collation officer could not be found between Saturday night and Monday morning, so he queried the source of the results he presented to the collation center in Port Harcourt. Afterward, Essien asked the officials and agents to harmonize the results and return for their presentation.
When they returned, the collation officer announced an agreement and presented the results amidst protests by some parties. Essien inquired how the figures were reconciled having earlier stated that collation did not take place in the LGA. The EO responded that he had submitted a report to the commission and requested the collation officer be allowed to make his presentation.
When asked for the results of the polling units and wards that led to the results from the LGA he was presenting, the collation officer said: “they are not with me here.”
It was then agreed that the results be stepped down until the CO is able to present the forms used to record votes across polling units and wards.
So far, 12 LGAs results have been collated. The APC has won two – Asari Toru and Opobo Nkoro.
In Opobo Nkoro, Buhari polled 3,706 closely followed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party who recorded 3,573 votes there.
In Asari Toru, Buhari won with 8,180 votes ahead of Atiku’s 3,175 votes.
In the other 10 LGAs with approved results so far, the Peoples Democratic Party won. These included Oyigbo (APC – 3,520; PDP – 16,102), Omuma (APC – 2494; PDP – 15322), ONELGA (APC – 10996; PDP – 28536), and Eleme (APC – 2412; PDP – 8464). PDP also won Gokana (APC – 9328; PDP – 10276) and Etche (APC – 7163; PDP – 11135).
The PDP also won Governor Nyesom Wike’s Obio Akpor (APC – 6,875; PDP – 69,981) and party chairman Uche Secondus’ Andoni (APC – 10,766; PDP – 72,330).
In Khana, which was just approved on Monday morning, PDP had 89,843 votes against APC’s 5,329. Then, in Ogo Bolo, PDP won with 8,221 votes to defeat APC which got 2,148 votes.