When information filtered out on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, that Awara Biokpomabo, the African Action Congress, AAC, governorship Candidate, endorsed by the All the Progressive Cogress, APC, leader, in Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of the state and minister of
But the people may have failed to roll out the drums to celebrate the victory until Teddy Adias, a Professor and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, appointed Returning officer, sitting along- side Obio Effanga, had announced the result based on the information before him from the various local government Areas of the state.
In announcing the result, Adias, a Professor, from the University of Agriculture , Otuoke, former President Goodluck Jonathan home town in Bayelsa state, said Wike, the PDP, Candidate polled 886,264 votes to Awara of the AAC’s 173,859 votes, an indication that the AAC, touch bearer and his alleged sponsors in the state and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, were not on the ground .
Going by the local government and local government account of the results, the PDP ,Candidate who had put a close tab on the APC gladiators, INEC officials and the security Agencies personnel deployed to the state to monitor the election to forestall them from manipulating the will the will of the people before and after the governorship and state Assembly election.
Wike was said to have won in Po Ikwerre local government Area, the home base of Amaechi , the APC leader in the state, Andoni, Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of PDP, home base, Opobo/Nkro, which is the local government Area of Dakuku Peterside, Director General, Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency., NIMASA , PortHarcourt, Eleme and Okirika.
Other local government Areas won by the PDP , Candidate include Bonny, Omuma, Tai, Ahoada East,Emooha, Etche, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, ONELGA, Asari Toru, Obio-Akpo Degemaand Ogu/Bolo. This is in addition to Ahoada west, Gokana and Khan local Government Areas.
Awara, going by the Returning officer’s records had won in Akuku Toru local government Area which was a battleground, during the governorship election as the people insisted there would be no voting because of late arrival of the ballot boxes and ballot boxes alleged to have been thumb printed in favour of the AAC, Candidate, with the active support of security operatives. He had also won in Onyigbo local government. Awara, the AAC, Candidate had scored 32,661 votes to Wike’s 25,765 votes, described as not a true reflection of the will of the people of the local government.
This is because of the strong support which the PDP Candidate had in the local government Area. Notable among them was David Briggs, a former Commisioner of Works in the state under the Peter Odili Administration and who incidentally had served as the Chairman of the local government . The good news was that the pdpd candidate had won with a wide margin in all the local Areas declared in his favour in the state .
It was not surprising why the Rivers state governor elect, drew the attention of Ahmadu Fintri, his counterpart in Adamawa state, who flew into the state on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, to join in celebrating the victory, to know that he came through a party and must work for the party. ”Don’t work for your personal interest”, he had told the Adamawa state governor elect.
The Rivers state governor was also said to have advised Fintri, to ”implement people-oriented projects”, stressing that that there is need for him to ”consult the people and other leaders of the party across the board before taking decisions on the affairs of the state.”. it is the key, he said.
This may have been the reason why the people of Rivers stood behind him during the period of trial when the Collation and announcement of the governorship and state Assembly election was suspended by INEC, on Sunday, March 10, 2019, on the premise of disruption of the exercise by Security operatives at the Collation centre .
An elated Wike, who could not hide his feelings, when Adias, the INEC Returning officer in the state declared him the winner of the hard fought battle to retain his tenancy at Brick House, popular government House, in the state , dedicated the victory to those ”who lost their lives defending their votes , to God and the people of the state”.
I am overwhelmed by the support they had displayed during and after the general elections to me, he enthused. Perhaps to accommodate the diverse shades of political opinion in the state , he was said to to have promised to run an ” inclusive government”
. Appealing to the opposition partiee to join forces with the ruling PDP in building the state, he said that” there is no place like”. He may have alluded to Amaechi and his loyalties who are fighting from outside to come back home instead of frittering awy the resources of the state.
Puting on the garb of a leader, he said, ”nobody won or lost in the election but only the people of the state that had won the election”. This should gladden the heart of Awara, the AAC, Candidate, who may want to take the advice of his sponsors from both within and outside the state to challenge the result in court to drop the idea and wait till 2013 to sell his Candidature to the people of the state again. Already Wike has made it clear to those that care to listen that he will not go beyond 2013 but will continue to serve the people, this time, it may be at in a higher capacity at the Federal level.
Atiku Ababubakar , a business mogul and the PD , Presidential Candidate in the 2019 , Presidential election said ”it gives him great pleasure to see a political force like him ”overcome the anti-democratic forces of dictatorship and repression”.
Secondus, the National Chairman of the party, who is very proud of Wike, thanked him for conducting himself in a peaceful manner in the ”face of provocations , noting that the party will continue to exhibit that ”democracy in his DNA until all non democrats are flushed out of the polity”. The PDP Chairman said President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC National leadership should burry their” face in shame that what they could do after four years in the office was to use a combined team of gullible INEC officials and security operatives to hang on to power after ”stealing the people’s mandate.
His major worry was that in Rivers
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