Today marks the end of an era in Rivers -State Collation Officer
We will study results and take action -AAC
Wike didn’t win to popularity, he won to Amaechi’s overbearing lordship – APC chieftain
Jubilation erupts in Port Harcourt
Motorists, residents relieved
By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – INCUMBENT Governor Nyesom Wike has been declared winner of prolonged Rivers state governorship election.
Prof Teddy Adias, State Collation Officer, before declaring Wike “governor elect”, said that, “Today marks the end of an era that commended 9 March 2019 where Rivers people were mobilised en-masse to elect their governor.”
Shocked stakeholders who had looked up to announcement of dates for supplementary elections yesterday were shocked when the collation progressed beyond the 17 Local Government Area, LGA, results to the 21st one with the last two Gokana and Abua Odua declared cancelled for election violence.
Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled a total 886264 votes against All Progressives Congress, APC, backed Biokpomabo Awara, candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, who has closest 17385 votes of a total 1,102, 823 valid votes.
The State Collation Officer said the 249324 registered voters for areas where elections were cancelled due to violence, including entire Abua Odua and Gokana LGAs were inconsequential to Wike’s winning margin of 712405 above Biokpomabo Awara of the African Action Congress, resting any likely drift into supplementary polls.
Austin Okpara, former House of Reps Deputy Speaker and Party Agent to PDP said, “This is victory for Rivers people. The landslide victory is a true reflection of the wishes of Rivers electorate.
“All we are saying now is that its time Rivers moved away from violence and killings Dustin elections. This is the time to build and we urge all of the opposition to come join the Governor Wike to further move Rivers forward”
Nenye Kocha, AAC’s State Agent said, “We will study the report and come up with a position. The decision of what to do next can’t be mine to determine alone. The party will sit and take a position.”
An APC chieftain who made a failed entry into the collation center, impersonating as AAC agent told Vanguard, “Wike didn’t win this election on popularity. He won because of Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi’s overbearing overlordship which destroyed the APC.
“Even when we had to settle for Plan B, he introduced another anonymous candidate from an anonymous party. Federal might is not enough. When Wike won in 2015 with federal might, he came in strong as a candidate and canvass well for vote.
“If APC had be been cleared to fully participate in this election, the story would have been different. With our federal might and a popular candidate, we would have taken Wike to the cleaner. Everybody will suffer the consequence now”
Jubilation had erupted in some parts of Port Harcourt as soon as the final results and declaration of Wike as governor elect filtered into town.
Motorists and residents also heaved a sigh of relief in expectation that the tension that has engulfed Port Harcourt and the entire state would soon start calming down with the conclusion of the governorship.