Rivers Governorship Election Result 2023: Live Updates from INEC as Fubara, Cole, Abe, Others Battle to Win
Among 28 states where the governorship election will take place on Saturday, March 18, the poll in River (a state with 23 local government areas) will be one of the toughest for obvious reasons.
The ruling political platform, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has Siminalayi Fubara, supposedly Governor Nyesom Wike's choice, as its candidate.
However, Fubara will on Saturday face Tonye Cole of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the same party that claimed the most votes during the last presidential election.
To make things more interesting, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Magnus Abe, another undeniably powerful political force to reckon with, is in the race.
RIVERS STATE GOVERNORSHIP RESULT
Fubara of PDP leads after the announcement of results from 15 out of 23 LGAs.
UPDATE FROM RIVERS
Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, the state returning officer, adjourned collation till 10am on Monday, March 20.
So far, 17 out of the 23 LGAs have been collated with the PDP winning in all collated LGAs.
Rivers Governorship Results: Etche LGA
RIVERS GOVERNORSHIP RESULT: Khana LGA
RIVERS GOVERNORSHIP RESULT SO FAR
Sim Fubara of PDP leads after the announcement of results from 5 LGAs.
RIVERS GOVERNORSHIP RESULTS: Ikwerre
The APC has lost in Ikwerre, the LGA of Rotimi Amaechi, former minister of transportation.
RIVERS GOVERNORSHIP RESULT: Ogu-Bolo LG
RIVERS GOVERNORSHIP RESULT: Eleme LGA
Rivers Governorship Results: LGA Opobo-Nkoro
Sim Fubara, the governorship candidate of the PDP, has won his LGA Opobo-Nkoro.
Rivers Governorship Results: LGA Gokana
Rivers Governorship Results: Tai LGA
No INEC staff
Report: No INEC officials on ground. As at 10:45 am, they began to head to the polling unit, where voters were waiting.
Vote buying observed
LGA: Ahoada East
Report: Vote buying was observed.
INEC staff not found Ogubolo LGA, PU 05, Rivers
Report: No election at the PU as INEC officials are yet to arrive.
Soldiers disrupt voting process in Rivers
Report: Voting was going well until soldiers disrupted the process and tried to cart away election materials with a party agent. However, the voters brought the materials back.
INEC staff nowhere to be found during official hours
Ward: Buguma North West
PU: Orikadibia Memorial Hall
Report: There is no INEC official or security agent at this time. Voters are awaiting the arrival of INEC staff and election materials.
BVAS stops working at a polling uint in Rivers
PU: Lokopolo 003
Report: BVAS stopped working. Party agents are trying to influence voters on which party to vote for.
APC's Tonye Cole, wife cast their votes
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers, Tonye Cole, has cast his votes.
Speaking after casting his vote, Cole tweeted:
"My wife and I cast our votes at Polling Unit 2, Ward 12 in Akuku-Toru.
"The election process at my PU has been smooth, and we hope it is the same across every PU in Rivers State.
"How has your experience been?"
Siminalayi Fubara casts his vote in Rivers
Siminalayi Fubara, the Peoples Democratic Party's governorship candidate, has cast his vote in Polling Unit, Unit 8, Ward 5, Opobo in Opobo/Nkoro LGA of Rivers.
"My wife and I have exercised our civic responsibilities by voting in our polling unit, Unit 8, Ward 5, Opobo in Opobo/Nkoro LGA of Rivers State.
"By the overwhelming support of the people, we are very certain of victory."