- Governor Wike expressed confidence that he will be re-elected when INEC resumes the suspended elections in the state
- The Rivers state governor said no other party can win in the state other than PDP
- Wike also expressed confidence in INEC to follow due process
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has reportedly said that no other political party can win in the state except the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Cable reports that Governor Wike said this when members of the national assembly, elected on the platform of the PDP, presented their certificates of return to him at government house, Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Friday, March 15.
Speaking on the suspension of electoral processes in the state, Wike said he believes that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is doing its best to follow due process, urging the people of the state to remain calm.
He expressed optimism that the will of the people would prevail in the end.
His words: “I know that PDP won the elections squarely. We believe in peace, therefore Rivers people should remain calm. We believe in due process. I believe that INEC is doing its best to follow the due process.
“In the end, it will be a sweet victory. The will of Rivers people will prevail. The people of Rivers voted overwhelmingly for the PDP in all elections, while the anti-democratic forces attempted to snatch results at the collation centres.
“Let me thank the people of Rivers state for the love they have shown for our great party. What is happening is sad. It is a drama. We have 13 House of Representatives seats and the PDP clinched all of them. We have three Senate seats, one has been declared and PDP won. When the remaining two seats are declared, PDP will win all.
“You begin to wonder why any right-thinking person would say that PDP lost the governorship election. Not that they say PDP lost to a party with a known logo, or even if you have seen the candidate one day in your life or seen his posters to make people vote for the candidate. For us, it is a drama. PDP won the election squarely.
“Not when you hijack results at the collation centre. When you hijack Form EC 8C, you forget that there is Form EC 8A. Any other party can win in any other state, but not in Rivers state. I dedicate this victory to God and the good people of Rivers state who stood firm and said that nobody can manipulate their mandate.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that INEC had revealed the next step on how it was going to handle the Rivers state elections which were suspended on Sunday, March 10.
In a statement issued Friday night, March 15, in Abuja and signed by INEC's national commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, the commission said its fact-finding committee had confirmed that the governorship and state assembly elections took place in most of the polling units and results were announced.
It also confirmed that the results from 17 local governments out of 23 are available and are in the commission’s custody.
The commission added that it had confirmed that the declaration and returns for 21 state constituencies out of 32 were made prior to the suspension.
It, therefore, concluded that it will issue detailed timelines and activities for the completion of the election on Wednesday, March 20.
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