The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is leading in 13 out of 15 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the governorship election results collated so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC commenced the collation of the governorship election results at the Aba/Port Harcourt road office of the commission yesterday.
From the results collated so far, Governor Nyesom Wike polled a total number of 476,279 in 12 LGAs of Andoni, Eleme, Opopo/Nkoro, Okrika, Omuma, Tai, Ahoada east, Etche, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni , Bonny , Emuoha and Ikwerre, while the African Action Congress (AAC) governorship candidate , Biokpomabo Awara, won only in Oyigbo and Akuku toru LGAs with a total number of 129,328 votes.
Governor Wike is leading his closest challenger Biokpomabo Awara of the AAC with 296,951 votes.
State Returning Officer and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke, Prof Teddy Adias, announced the results in the 15 LGAs and said collation will continue today. Also, results of 8 LGAs – Abua Odua, Ahoada west, Obio Akpor, Asari toru, Degema, Gokana and Khana and Ogu/Bolo are yet to by collated.
Meanwhile, unknown gunmen yesterday disrupted a peaceful protest carried out by supporters of the AAC in Port Harcourt. The groups, United Niger Deltans for Buhari, UNDB, and Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisation in Rivers State had carried out a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt against the collation of the governorship and state assembly elections in the state.
This was happening as the Rivers State Government in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and Communications, Emma Okah, said the State government had placed a temporary ban on street protest. But the protest was aborted when suspected thugs invaded and attacked the protesters.
One of the leaders of the Protesters, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe, who accused Rivers State government of using thugs to stop the protest, said the groups had obtained police permit before embarking on the action. He said the Rivers people would not accept the outcome of the result being collated, claiming that the INEC had concluded plans return Governor Wike.