Jubilation as INEC declares Wike winner of Rivers election, AAC kicks

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Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike re-elected for second term

Governor Nyesom Wike, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Candidate in the March 9 Governorship election in Rivers, has been declared winner of the March 9th governorship election polling a total of 886,264 votes to defeat the closest rival AAC which polled 173,859 votes.

The victory has sparked jubilation in the state especially among the PDP members who thronged government house to congratulate the governor. But the AAC agents are kicking, insisting that there were clear variations between the results collated by INEC from the original results obtained by the party before the collation was suspended.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on March 10, suspended the collation of the results of the election in the state, citing electoral violence.

The electoral umpire also announced a schedule of activities for the resumption of the exercise, with collation and announcement of results slated to hold between April 2 and April 5.

The PDP candidate won in Port Harcourt, Ikwerre, Andoni, Eleme, Opobo-Nkoro, Bonny, Okrika, Omuma, Tai, Ahoada East, Emohua, Etche, and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local governments.

The party also won in Ogu/Bolo, Obio-Akpor, Asari-Toru, and Degema, scoring a total of 586,721 votes.
The candidate of the African Alliance Congress (AAC), Biokpomabo Awara, clinched victory in Akuku-Toru and Oyigbo local governments, polling a total of 139,211 votes.

Prof. Teddy Adias, INEC State Returning Officer, who is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Otueke, pronounced Wike winner on the second day of the resumption of collation of results.

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