The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has been re-elected for a second term in office.
The governor recorded an unassailable lead in the governorship result collated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt.
The governor who was declared winner by the Returning Officer, Prof Teddy Adias, with a total of 886,264 votes won in 19 out of 21 local government areas collated while his closest rival, Mr Biokpomabo Awara of the African Action Congress won in two local government areas and polled 173,859 votes.
Local government areas won by the governor were Port Harcourt, Okrika, Ogu/Bolo, Obio/Akpor and Emohua. Others are Andoni, Ikwerre, Asari-Toru, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, and Khana and Etche.
The governor also won in Ahoada-East, Ahoada West, Tai, Omuma, Eleme, Opobo/Nkoro, Bonny and Degema local government areas, while the AAC candidate won in Akuku-Toru and Oyigbo local government area.
Meanwhile former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said Nigeria needs men like the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
Congratulating the governor for emerging victorious in the state governorship election, Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the recently concluded election, said the former ruling party, “is blessed to have men like Wike as its member.”
He said, “My hearty congratulations to Governor Nyesom Wike on your hard earned re-election. It gives me much pleasure to see a political force for good, such as yourself, overcome the anti-democratic forces of dictatorship and oppression.
The Peoples Democratic Party is blessed to have a political gladiator, such as yourself, on our side. The citizens of Rivers state are fortunate to have a genuine progressive return to extend the frontiers of progress and development for them.
“And I am favoured to count you, Governor Wike, as my friend and brother, and Rivers state as my second home. As your victory is savoured by men of goodwill all over Nigeria, I am sure you will continue the pattern of good works for which you have become known. Nigeria needs men like you. Men who can remain firm, unbowed and resolute in the face of trying times. You have proved that you have character under trial, and not just when the going is good. Such refinement will stand you in good stead as, by the grace of God, you finish the good work you have started in Rivers state.
Also as jubilations reverberate through the length and breadth of Rivers State following Governor Wike’s declaration as winner of the March 9, 2019 Governorship Election the Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bro. Felix Obuah has joined the train of well wishers to congratulate the Governor-elect on his well deserved and landslide victory.
Bro. Obuah, while speaking shortly after the declaration of Governor Wike as the winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election, said the victory has once more put paid to any doubt about God’s infallibility, especially to those who put absolute trust in Him.
The State PDP Chairman said the victory is not just victory for Governor Wike and the PDP but indeed a victory for all lovers of true democracy as well as the good people of Rivers State even as he also described it as a litmus test for our democracy.
While dedicating the victory to God and the ever conscientious people of the State, Obuah further lauded the victory as unprecedented in the annals of the State, as according to him, it could only take God’s intervention to survive the gang-up and the evil conspiracy by those he described as enemies of the State.
“This victory has gone to show that our God is a miracle worker. God has clearly shown that the fervent and heartfelt prayers being offered by Rivers people on daily basis are not in vain. Truly, he has disappointed all the counsel of Ahithophel including all those who arrogate the place of God to themselves”, Bro. Obuah said.
The PDP Chairman said the re-election of Governor Wike should serve as a lesson and reminder to all political office holders not to take the people to whom absolute power belongs for granted and ensure at all times that people-oriented programmes at the grassroots are paramount to bring about the much desired catalyst for social and economic development.
“Knowing that ‘Mr. Projects’ is ever magnanimous in victory, I urge all Rivers people including those candidates who lost out in the election to cooperate and work in harmony with Governor Wike so as to hasten the development of our dear State”, Bro. Obuah said.
The State PDP boss also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Ubo Effanga, security agencies and all those who ensured that peace and orderliness prevailed during the collation and announcement of the results.