Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the March 9 governorship election yesterday won in 13 of the 15 local government areas announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC resumed yesterday the collation of the results of the election which was suspended by the commission following the outbreak of violence during the collation of the results of the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
Before INEC shifted the collation exercise to today, Wike had won in Port Harcourt City, Ikwerre, Andoni, Okrika, Eleme, Omuma, Bonny, Ahoada-East, Tai, Emohua, Opobo/Nkoro, Etche and Omuma local government areas while Biokpomabo Awara of the African Action Congress (AAC) clinched Akuku-Toru and Oyigbo local government areas.
The breakdown of the results showed that in Port Harcourt City the AAC got 11, 866; PDP: 40,197), Ikwerre (AAC 5,660; PDP 14, 938), Andoni (AAC 5,335; PDP 92,056), Okirika AAC 3,803; PDP 25,572), Akuku-Toru (AAC 36, 661; PDP 25, 765); Oyigbo (AAC 32,026, PDP 8, 652) and Eleme (AAC 2, 748; PDP 9,560).
Others are Opobo/Nkoro (AAC 3,888; PDP 6,314), Omuma (AAC 1, 853; PDP 15, 792), Bonny (AAC 3, 046; PDP 10, 551), Ahoada-East (AAC 3, 713; PDP 14, 589), Tai (AAC 540; PDP 47, 652), Emuoha (AAC 2,856; PDP 71,522), Etche (AAC 7,437; PDP 11, 842) and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni (PDP 31,277 and AAC 8,423).
With the All Progressives Congress (APC) out of the race on the order of the court, it entered an alliance with the AAC to unseat Wike.
Three days to the governorship election, APC leader in the state and transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi, said that the party had adopted AAC for the governorship poll.
Also yesterday, INEC declared the PDP candidates, Senator George Thompson Sekibo and Hon. Betty Apiafi as the winners of Rivers East and Rivers West senatorial districts.
Today’s collation exercise will cover Obio/Akpor and the seven local government areas in the state.
At the commencement of the exercise at INEC headquarters in Port Harcourt yesterday, the commission’s national commissioner for Bayelsa, Edo and Rivers State, May Agbamuche-Mbu, expressed commitment of the commission to ensuring a smooth process.
Agbamuche-Mbu, who stated that security was a critical issue in Rivers election, recalled that it led to the suspension of entire electoral exercise in the state and promised that INEC would bring the collation to a logical end.
Meanwhile, suspected political thugs yesterday disrupted a protest staged by two non-governmental organisations against INEC over the suspended gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in the state.