Twenty-four days after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) abruptly suspended the Rivers State governorship election, it yesterday declared incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike winner of the contentious poll. Wike polled 886,264 to emerge the winner while the runner up, African Action Congress candidate, Biokpomabo Awara, scored 173,859. The margin stood at 712,405.
The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Teddy Adias, who was the state Returning Officer, said it marked the end of an era that commenced on March 9, 2019 when citizens of the state trooped out to elect their governor.
He disclosed that the election was contested among over 50 political parties and that statistics showed that the number of registered voters as collated was 3,048741. The total number of accredited voters as collated was 1,130,445, while the total number of valid votes was 1,123,840.
He declared: “The candidate with maximum vote scored a total number of 886,264. The second polled maximum number of voters of 173,859.
The margin of lead in these votes stands at 712,405. The total number of registered voters in areas where election did not hold or were cancelled stands at 249,324. I, this day, confirm again that I am the Returning Officer for this election and that Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of the PDP, having satisfied the requirement of the law, has scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared winner and is returned elected.”