I will reclaim my stolen mandate - Rivers AAC candidate

I will reclaim my stolen mandate - Rivers AAC candidate

- The governorship candidate of the African Action Congress in Rivers state, Biokpomabo Awara, has accused INEC of electoral malpractices

- Awara accuses INEC of declaring Governor Nyesom Wike winner of the state gubernatorial election to prevent him from being probed

- The AAC candidate urges his supporters not to be troubled or resort to violence, adding that he will reclaim his stolen mandate

The governorship candidate of the African Action Congress in Rivers state (AAC), Biokpomabo Awara, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of declaring Governor Nyesom Wike winner of the state gubernatorial election to prevent him from being probed.

Awara alleged that INEC returned Wike as governor to prevent him from being probed for his actions when he was minister of education in the state.

The AAC candidate accused Professor Mahmood Yakubu; the national commissioner in charge of Rivers, Bayelsa and Edo states, May Agbamuche-Mbu; Rivers REC Obo Effanga and administrative secretary in the state Elder Etim Umoh, of offering Wike cover, The Nation reports.

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Awara said: “I have the unit by unit results of the March 9, 2019 elections in Rivers State. When they observed that I was leading and they saw the danger coming, they quickly moved on March 10 to save Wike, by suspending the collation of the results, which they resumed on April 1. As at the time the collation was suspended, I had 281,000 votes, as against Wike’s 79,000 votes. So, they (INEC officials) quickly came to his rescue.

“We (AAC leaders) have written a petition on the electoral fraud in Rivers State to the INEC chairman, stating the actual results, but Prof. Yakubu will not take action.

“Kocha is not the collation agent of AAC in INEC office, Port Harcourt. Dr. Chuku is the duly-nominated collation agent of AAC, but he was prevented by security personnel at the gate of INEC’s office in Port Harcourt from moving to the collation centre.

“I want Rivers people to be calm. We are going to reclaim the stolen mandate. We should not be troubled and we should never opt for violence.

“I want Rivers people, especially my teeming supporters, who are being pained by what they are seeing, to keep hope alive. Victory is certain. We are going to bring back the stolen mandate.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday, April 3, dedicated his electoral victory to God.

Stating that he would run an inclusive government, Governor Wike said that although he would not extend his regime beyond 2023, the state would continue in progress.

Speaking in Port Harcourt as he celebrated his victory, he said: “I want to thank the people of Rivers state for showing the kind of love we have never seen before. I thank them for showing the kind of support we have never seen before."

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