INEC declares Wike winner of Rivers guber poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Nyesom Wike, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Rivers state, as winner of the governorship election.

Teddy Adias, returning officer for the election, made the declaration at the head office of INEC in the state.

He said Wike polled 886,264 votes ahead of Biokpomabo Awara, candidate of the African Alliance Congress (AAC), who garnered 173,859 votes.

Adias said the total number of registered voters was 3,048,741, accredited voters 1,130,445, valid votes cast 1,102,823, total votes cast=1,123,840 and voided votes, 249,324.

Chukwunenye Kocha, the AAC party agent said that the party would study the results before taking any decision.

Kocha, however, said that the party stood for peace.

He urged the people of Rivers and other political parties to maintain peace.

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, had declared support for Awara since the All Progressives Congress (APC) was ineligible to field candidates in the elections.

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