2023 Election Result: Rivers Governor-Elect Fubara, Others Receive INEC Certificate of Return
- Rivers state governor-elect and Governor Nyesom Wike's preferred successor, Siminalayi Fubara, has been given his certificate of return
- The nation's electoral umpire on Wednesday, March 29, started the presentation of certificates to the governor-elect and others in the state
- Among those who received the certificates from INEC was Prof. Ngozi Nma Ordu, the deputy governor-elect
On Wednesday, March 29, the governor-elect of Rivers state, Siminalayi Fubara, received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) in Port Harcourt.
The deputy governor-elect, Professor Mrs Ngozi Nma Ordu, also received her Certificate of Return from the commission.
Fubara, others in Rivers get their certificates
The national commissioner for INEC for Rivers and Bayelsa, Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu presented the certificate of returns to the governor-elect and his deputy at a brief ceremony at the commission's office in Port Harcourt, PM News reported.
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The ceremony, which was attended by Governor Nyesom Wike, had other top members of the party and immediate family members of the recipients.
Members-elect of Rivers House of Assembly receive INEC's certificate
Fubara and Ordu are expected to take over from Governor Wike and his deputy, Dr. Mrs Ipalibo Banigo, respectively, Channels TV added.
Also, 32 members-elect of the Rivers House of Assembly received their certificates of return from the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sinikiem Alalibo.
Watch the video of the ceremony below;
PDP crisis deepens as ex-chairman Iyorchia Ayu takes legal action against party
In another development, the suspended national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, has taken legal action against his suspension by the party.
Ayu is set to challenge his party's decision to replace him as national chairman through the Benue state high court, Makurdi.
Simon Imobo-Tswam, the special assistant on communication to Ayu, confirmed that his principal is not taking his suspension lightly.
Gov Wike goes petty, taunts Ayu over disgraceful removal as PDP chairman
Meanwhile, Governor Wike of Rivers state hit out at Senator Iyorchia Ayu following his suspension as the national chairman of the PDP.
On Tuesday, March 28, Senator Ayu stepped aside as the national chairman of the PDP following a high court order in Benue state after being suspended by his ward executives in Gboko local government area.
The PDP national working committee (NWC) immediately followed up with Ayu's replacement by bringing in Ambassador Umar Damagum as the party's interim chairman, pending when all legal proceedings would end.