Almost a month after violent events in Rivers state halted the collation of the state’s governorship election result, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced incumbent governor, Nyesom Wike, as the winner of the March 9 governorship election.
Backstory: According to the state’s Returning Officer, Teddy Adias, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Wike, polled a total of 886,264 votes to defeat Biokpomabo Awara of the African Action Congress (AAC) who recorded 173,859 votes, a margin of 712,405.
Wike reiterates commitment to PDP: The re-elected governor while thanking the people of Rivers state for the votes, maintained that he would remain a dedicated PDP member.
- “We will not disappoint the PDP. We will not disappoint Rivers people. We shall continue to serve.”
- “If anybody does anything contrary as a member of the House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate, the blood of those who died will visit them. I will never betray PDP.”
The general elections in Rivers state had been marred with massive electoral violence, which resulted in loss of several lives and properties, and motivated the initial stop in collation. Speaking on this Wike said, “Those who died not because they were criminals, but because they wanted to defend their votes. We dedicate this victory to those who were killed.”
Atiku reacts to Wike’s victory: The PDP presidential candidate in his congratulatory statement, said, “It gives me much pleasure to see a political force for good, such as yourself, overcome the anti-democratic forces of dictatorship and oppression.”
According to Atiku, Wike’s victory was a long journey that saw Him get at loggerheads with not just his main opposition from the AAC, but also former governor and Minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi and the Nigerian Military. “Nigeria needs men like you. Men who can remain firm, unbowed and resolute in the face of trying times.”