Governor Nyesom Wike is at last cruised to victory in the protracted Rivers State governorship elections which took place on March 9, 2019. This is after he won in 18 out of the 20 local council areas so far announced by a high-powered panel set up for the completion of collation by the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
On day one of the collation, Wike bagged 15 states while his closest rival, Awara Biokpomabo of the African Action Alliance (AAC) won in two local councils. The next day, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Wike won in five more local council areas. The state has 23 LGAs.
The electoral law requires a contestant to win the highest votes in addition to at least 25 per cent in two third of the local councils, which is 15 states in the case of Rivers State.
By the results so far declared, Gov Wike has polled 886,264 against Awara’s 173,859 votes. Even if Awara clears the remaining four local council areas, he may not come close to Wike’s votes.
Meanwhile, the APC which is not on the ballot but which is pushing the AAC has threatened to go to court after INEC would have announced results to challenge the validity of the collation.
A chieftain noted that besides the fact that the results collated by the INEC had been grossly manipulated in favour of Governor Wike, to allegedly justify the huge bribe sum he had remitted to some senior officers of the commission to help him skew the processes to his favour, the unconstitutional suspension of the electoral process in the middle of a lawful exercise was already a ground for the nullification of the process.
Eze, who is one of the loudest voices of the APC in the South-South region, however advised Governor Wike and the Senator representing the Rivers South-East senatorial district of Rivers state, Senator Magnus Abe, to stop celebrating prematurely as the alleged concocted results in favour of PDP would eventually not sail, noting that the people of Rivers state spoke overwhelmingly against the reign of an administration, which had robbed of peace, security and development, the choice which would eventually be upheld in a properly held polls soon.
According to the APC chieftain, “the ongoing declaration of concocted results of the highly corrupted general elections of March 9th is a high class entertainment exercise that has nothing to do with democracy in any form. However, if it has anything to do with democracy, then one will describe it as a charade, sham and promotion of impunity and undemocratic plot, aimed at rubbishing and subverting the electoral rights of Rivers state and her people, who voted massively for a better tomorrow by electing Engr. Biokpomabo Awara of African Action Congress (AAC).
Eze encouraged Nigerians to disregard the concocted results that are being dished by a confused INEC to justify their corrupt nature and deceive the public but the fact remains that INEC at this time around have caught themselves in a trap that will change the fate of democracy in Nigeria.
Eze went further to highlight that INEC having admitted in paragraph one of her 10th of March, Press Release that it has conducted elections on the 9th of March in Rivers State and based on this fact INEC must by virtue of section 27 of the Electoral Act, announce the results but they decided to postpone the already held elections which according to the law is ultra vires, illegal and unconstitutional.
This fact of unlawful decision by INEC will surely be challenged in court by virtue of section 26 subsection 5 of the Electoral Act which shall led to the suspension of the concocted results so far announced until the matter is determined so I sincerely sympathize with those celebrating an illegal process that will be thrown to the dustbin where it rightly belong.