- Rivers group, Foundation Watch Association, has urged INEC to declare Governor Wike winner of the March 9 governorship election
- Coordinator of the group, Chidi George, said it is clear from the voting pattern that the people of the state voted for Wike
- George also vowed that all plans by the transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi, to rig election will be rejected
The Rivers chapter of Foundation Watch Association (FWA) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Governor Nyesom Wike winner of the state governorship election.
Speaking on Tuesday, March 26, FWA coordinator, Chidi George, said it was high time the electoral umpire declared the governor winner in order to douse the escalating tension generated by the election situation in the oil producing state, Independent reports.
George, who claimed that the people of Rivers "willingly" voted Governor Wike, warned INEC against creating undue tension and acrimony due to its failure to announce winners of elections in the state.
He said: “Without doubt, the people of Rivers state willingly voted for the governorship candidate of the PDP, the ruling party in the state, Chief Nyesom Wike, and the PDP candidates for the state House of Assembly.
“Even in the midst of the political brigandage that truncated the electoral process, it is clear from the voting pattern during the said elections that the people of Rivers state used the electoral process to re-affirm their support for the efforts of Governor Wike to reposition the state through massive infrastructural projects across the state."
The FWA coordinator also accused minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, of trying to rig the governorship election for the largely unknown candidate of African Action Congress (AAC), Awara Biopomabo, through the federal might.
George, however, said attempt to rig out Governor Wike will be vehemently rejected by the people.
He said: "Despite the wanton intervention of the security agencies, comprising the army, the navy, the air force and the police, essentially the Federal State Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) to influence the outcome of the elections in favour of the largely unknown governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Awara Biopomabo by the factional leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the people of Rivers State stood their grounds and voted overwhelmingly for the PDP.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, the Rivers state deputy governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), defected to the PDP.
Yeeh, after his resignation, visited Governor Nyesom Wike and the national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
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