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Rivers Governorship Election: Wike calls for calm, reaffirms confidence in victory

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike in his first public statement since the governorship election saga in the state has called on Rivers people to remain calm, reaffirming his confidence on the victory of PDP in the polls.

Speaking on Friday when members of the National Assembly elected on the platform of the PDP presented their INEC Certificates of Return to him at a ceremony in Port Harcourt the governor said the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9 Governorship Elections would be a sweet victory in the end.

He assured that the will of Rivers people will prevail at the end of the day despite the conspiracy against the people of the state saying; “I know that PDP won the elections squarely. We believe in peace, therefore Rivers people should remain calm. We believe in due process. I believe that INEC is doing its best to follow the due process.

“In the end, it will be a sweet victory. The will of Rivers people will prevail”, he said.

The governor described the entire political standoff as a drama which will end saying that people of Rivers people voted overwhelmingly for the PDP in all elections, while the anti-democratic forces attempted to snatch results at the Collation Centres.

“Let me thank the people of Rivers State for the love they have shown for our great party. It is not in doubt that Rivers people have shown our party love. What is happening is sad. It is a drama.

“We have 13 House of Representatives seats and the PDP clinched all of them. We have three Senate seats, one has been declared and PDP won. When the remaining two seats are declared, PDP will win them. Eighty per cent of the seats declared, PDP took all”, Wike claimed.

He went on; “You begin to wonder why any right-thinking person would say that PDP lost the governorship election. Not that they say PDP lost to a party without a known logo, or even if you have seen the candidate one day in your life or seen his posters to make people vote for the candidate. For us, it is a drama. PDP won the election squarely”.

He said that across the 4442 Polling Units of Rivers State, the people voted for the PDP in all the elections.

“Not when you hijack results at the Collation Centre. When you hijack Form EC 8C, you forget that there is Form EC 8A. Any other party can win in any other state, but not in Rivers States.

“I dedicate this victory to God and the good people of Rivers State who stood firm and said that nobody can manipulate their mandate”, he said.

Governor Wike urged the elected National Assembly to always place the interest of Rivers State above other considerations as they represent the state.

He said all those who plotted the killings of Rivers people because of their desperation to clinch power will face the consequences of their actions.

Speaking on behalf of the elected National Assembly members, Senator-elect Barry Mpigi, the senator who will be replacing Magnus Abe as Senator representing the Rivers South-East Senatorial District said there is no need for anyone to panic as Governor Wike will be declared the winner in line with the votes cast on March 9.

He said Rivers people are with Governor Wike as shown by their votes in all the polling units adding that the people have shown that they love PDP and that the PDP has shown that it is the party on ground in Rivers State.

“We have looked around the 23 Local Government Areas and we have seen that the people of Rivers State voted for you. Don’t panic, the vindication will come at the appropriate time”, Mpigi said.
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