The re-elected Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was on Tuesday presented with Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike was re-elected as Rivers State governor on March 9, 2019 with the Collation of Governorship Election results concluded on April 3, 2019.
INEC Returning Officer, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Otuoke, Prof Teddy Adias declared Governor Wike winner after he polled 886,264 votes, to defeat African Alliance Congress candidate, Biokpomabo Awara who scored 173,859 votes.
Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike’s media aide said in a statement that Rivers State Deputy Governor-Elect, Ipalibo Harry Banigo and members-elect of the Rivers State House of Assembly also received their Certificates of Return.
National Commissioner in charge of Rivers, Bayelsa and Edo States, Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu presented the Certificate of Return to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in the presence of his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike.
Speaking, Governor Wike dedicated the Certificate of Return to the good people of Rivers State who overwhelmingly voted for him .
He also dedicated the victory to Rivers people killed by the Nigerian Army in defence of their votes and democracy. He said that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
He said: “Today, I dedicate this victory to the people of Rivers State. I also dedicate this victory to those killed by the Nigerian Army in defence of votes and democracy.
“But for their sacrifice, we would not be here.”
He berated the Nigerian Army for the negative roles they played during the 2019 General Elections in Rivers State.
“The duty of the Army is not to take over INEC office and carry out Collation. We saw the Army take over INEC functions and that of the police. Go to Bori camp, you will see INEC materials. Is it where it is supposed to be? But for God, we wouldn’t have been here. All powers came, but God intervened and that’s why we are here”,
The Governor commended the Police and DSS for living up their responsibilities during the 2019 General elections.
He, however, urged INEC to take steps to investigate why Rivers State is only violent during elections. He advised the Commission to work towards prosecuting the F-SARs Commander indicted for violence during the 2016 Rerun Elections. He said the same F-SARs Commander killed a Chartered Accountant who served as PDP Collation Agent and must be brought to Justice.
Governor Wike commended INEC for their steadfast commitment to the legal conclusion of Rivers elections, despite the pressure for them to do otherwise.
He said: “I commend INEC for standing firm on the side of the truth. I commend INEC officials for being firm.”
He urged INEC Headquarters to take immediate measures to ensure the total rehabilitation of the INEC Rivers office.
The Governor said that as a matter of State Policy, the Rivers State Government will take steps to assist families of those who were victims of election violence. He said should INEC and the Army permit, Rivers State Government will also reach to their staff affected by the violence.