By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – AFTER four days of tardy collation, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has concluded collation of the Presidential election results for Rivers state with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar taking the lion share.
In the results announced by Chief Collation Officer, Prof Eneffiong Essien, Tueaday, Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled 473,971 of 666,585 total vote cast with closest All Progressives Congress, APC amassing150,710 votes.
The commission said it has no result for Ikwerre Local Government Area, LGA, where Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi hails from, just as there were no results from Ahoada West, Emohua, Okrika, Bonny and Akuku Toru LGAs due to various cases of violence.
The result indicated profound apathy to the election among the Rivers electorates as only 666,585 of over three million registered voters came out to cast their ballots on the exercise.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Rivers PDP Agent at the collation blamed the low turnout of voters on “deliberate excessive militarisation of the voting space to scare people away and deplete Rivers vote in an election PDP could have captured more than a million vote.”