Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to declare Governor Nyesom Wike as duly re-elected for a second term.
The party said there was no ambiguity from results so far released for the March 9 governorship and state House of Assembly elections conducted in the state.
State Chairman, Mr. Felix Obuah, who addressed newsmen at the PDP Secretariat in Port Harcourt, also said results from all polling units and constituencies where elections were concluded confirmed and reaffirmed that Rivers people voted no other party but PDP.
Obuah, at the briefing attended by all stakeholders of the party in the state and all elected state Assembly members, House of Representatives-elect as well as Senators-elect, said with 26 state constituencies already declared in favour of PDP, there was no doubt that Governor Wike had been re-elected by the people of Rivers State.
He expressed confidence that from the results so far declared at the polling units across the state, the remaining PDP candidates, including Governor Wike, Senator George Sekibo and Betty Apiafi will also be elected on the strength of the peoples’ votes.
Giving a summary of the results so far released by INEC, the state PDP Chairman said while PDP got 26 seats in the state House of Assembly election, African Action Congress, AAC, and All Progressives Congress, APC, got none.
Again, at the National Assembly election, while PDP won a total of 14 seats, AAC/APC recorded zero.
His words: “As we await the official declaration by INEC that our governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike has been duly re-elected in line with the peoples’ votes and overwhelming wishes, I urge the people of Rivers State to remain vigilant and continue to support our party.
“The victories of February 23 and March 9, are victories for all Rivers people. By voting massively for PDP, Rivers people chose freedom, performance and merit over political gangsterism, impudence and impunity.
“You courageously stood your ground despite the arrests, harassment, violence and onslaught on our democratic rights by the combined gang of renegade soldiers and F-SARS personnel.
“I want to assure the people of Rivers State that PDP will not take your support for granted.”
He urged the people of the state to remain vigilant and continue to support PDP, as the official declaration by INEC that Wike had been re-elected in line with the peoples’ votes, was being awaited.