By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – Following the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to resume collation of results in the Rivers state governorship election which held recently, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed optimism that it will continue to preside over the affairs of the state after the exercise.
This is even as the party tasked the electoral umpire not to take people of the oil-rich state for granted, stressing that they had already voted for the PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike in the March 9 election.
Speaking exclusively with Sunday Vanguard yesterday, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said from the results already collated, Wike has won, even as he warned against tampering with the will of the people.
He said, “We are waiting for INEC to announce winner of the election in Rivers. This is the same election that has already produced state lawmakers. We don’t know why the governorship poll has suddenly become difficult for them to do.
“From the results already collated, our candidate is clearly ahead. So, we call on the umpire to its job and announce the winner without further delay.”
On supplementary governorship elections slated for March 23, the publicity scribe added that the stand of the party remain that its candidates in the affected states should be declare winners, having harnessed more votes than their counterparts on the first ballot.
“We showed our strength in Adamawa, Benue, Plateau, Sokoto, Bauchi and Nasarawa states and we reiterate the fact that our popularity with the people is the reason they gave their mandate to our governorship candidates in these states.
“The people are waiting anxiously for INEC to do the needful. The electorate in these states know their rights and they are not prepared to be shortchanged. The earlier those who think they are too powerful to the right thing realise this, the better it will be for us all,” he added.