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Wike Wins Rivers PDP Guber Primary Amid Controversy

Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike

Collins Amadi, Port Harcourt – Former Minister of State for Education, Nyeson Wike has been declared the winner of the Rivers State ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket, with a total of 1, 083 out of total 1,108 total valid votes cast.

Wike polled 43 votes in Bonny; 55 (Degema); 31 (Eleme); 50 (Emohua); 64 (Etche); 51 (Gokana); 46 (Ikwerre); 58 (khana); 44 (Ogu/Bolo); 42 (Okrika); 38 (Omumma); 38 (Opobo/Nkoro); 35 (Oyigbo); 70 (Port Harcourt); 35 (Tai) Local government areas, among others LGAs.

He was distantly followed by another aspirant, Mr. Donabrai Dimgba who polled 4 votes in (Eleme); 5 (Khana); 6 (Gokana) 2 (Tai) local government areas of the State.

Wike’s victory was largely linked to backing he enjoyed from the First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, who is also an indigene of the South South State as well as her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan.

It would be recalled some PDP stalwarts marched in an anti – Wike imposition protest to the party’s headquarters in Abuja last week with a coffin, rejecting an attempt of the party’s hierarchy to foist the former Minister on them.

Other aspirants at the primary contest were: Messrs West Ibinabor who polled 21; Michaeal West 3 votes.

In his acceptance speech, Wike said his victory was dedicated to God and the people of the State. He extended olive hand to other aspirants who lost in the contest, urging them to work with him to win the general election.

He described the present Rivers State government as persona non granta. He also apologised to those who were offended via comments and actions in the processes leading to his Monday victory.


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