He urged his opponents to take advantage of his olive branch, saying that it was extended in the interest of Rivers State.
According to a statement by the media aide to Wike, Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor stated this during the presentation of Certificate of Return to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Nwakaudu said that the National Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu thanked Rivers people for their contributions to the successful conduct of the 2019 General Elections in Rivers State.
Represented by the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Rivers, Bayelsa and Edo States, Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, the INEC boss prayed that going forward steps must be taken to change the narrative of elections in the state.
The statement said that INEC Rivers Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga said despite pressures and attacks INEC conducted credible elections in line with extant laws.
He said: “For us in INEC Rivers State, we stayed focused on conducting a transparent, free, fair and credible election. As I kept promising, on behalf of my team, we were bound by the provisions of the Constitution, the Electoral Act, other laws and guidelines for the elections. We were further bound by the pronouncements and decisions of courts.
“The Present INEC by its conduct helped to break away from the negative narrative of violence tainted victories or elections and results that have limited input and participation of the voters. We can say and confidently too, that many voters in the State had access to polling units and indeed exercised their rights to vote in peace in this election than in previous elections “.
Effanga said that if the momentum is sustained, Rivers State will no longer be a flashpoint of violence during elections.