INEC has declared the incumbent governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP as the winner of the state governorship election after defeating his strongest rival, Biokpomabo Awara of the African Action Congress, AAC.
The election which was initially suspended due to increasing reports of alleged violence and rigging saw Wike win with a landslide in the rerun after he polled 888,264 votes against Awara who scored 137,859 votes.
Announcing the result, INEC’s collation officer for the governorship election, Prof. Teddy Adias, stated; “I, this day, confirm again, that I am the collation officer for the elections and that Nyesom Wike of the PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law, has scored the highest number of votes and is hereby declared winner and returned elected”.
APC did not participate in the election due to the party’s inability to present a candidate before the deadline set by INEC. However, the chieftain of APC in the state, Rotimi Amaechi threw his weight around the AAC candidate who won in only three LGs out of the 22 LGs in the state.