The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday declared Nyesome Wike of the People’s Democratic Party winner of the governorship election in Rivers state. 

Wike polled 886,264 votes to beat the candidate of the African Alliance Congress, Biokpomabo Awara who emerged first runner-up.

After being declared winner, Governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday dedicated his victory to God and the good people of the state for standing by the PDP despite the illegal actions of the enemies of democracy.

Speaking after he was declared duly re-elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike noted that he was overwhelmed by the total support and love they displayed during and after the general elections.

He said: “I want to thank the people of Rivers State for showing the kind of love we have never seen before.

He thanked PDP members for their show of courage, despite intimidation by security operatives who illegally wanted to change the will of Rivers people.

“Those who died did not die not because they were criminals, but because they wanted to defend their votes. We dedicate this victory to God and those who were killed.

“They protected our votes and they defended us. We pray God to grant their families the strength to bear the losses. We shall continue to support the families”, he said.

He said that he will run an inclusive government, which will accommodate all shades of interest.

“We have no other state. You may have mansions elsewhere, but there is no place like home. We must come together and build our state.

“We must make the state move forward. We must not continue to de-market the state. I cannot stay beyond 2023, but Rivers State will continue to be. If you believe you are from Rivers State, end this now”, he said.

Governor Wike thanked INEC for working in line with the tenets of the electoral act. and thanked the Police for their good work.

Governor Wike extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents, saying that nobody won or lost, but Rivers people won.

He said the struggle to stop collation was so vicious that it continued till the end of the collation.

“We will not disappoint the PDP. We will not disappoint Rivers people. We shall continue to serve.

“If anybody does anything contrary as a member of the House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate, the blood of those who died will visit them. I will never betray PDP.

“They tried with their Federal Might, but the Superior Might from above defeated them”, he said.

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