Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State is optimistic that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win the suspended March 9, 2019 governorship election when the controversy trailing the poll is over.
He, therefore, appealed to the people of the state to remain calm because their will would prevail at the end of the day despite the conspiracy against them by some selfish individuals.
Wike stated this yesterday when members of the National Assembly elected on the platform of the PDP presented their Certificates of Return to him at a ceremony in the Government House, Port Harcourt
He said: “I know that the PDP won the election squarely. We believe in peace, therefore, Rivers people should remain calm. We believe in due process.
“I believe that that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is doing their best to follow due process. In the end, it will be a sweet victory. The will of Rivers people will prevail,” he said.
Wike described the political standoff as a drama which would end soon, stressing that the people voted overwhelmingly for the PDP in all elections, while the anti-democratic forces attempted to snatch results at the collation centres.
The governor said: “Let me thank the people of Rivers State for the love they have shown for our great party. It is not in doubt that they have shown our party love. What is happening is sad. It is a drama.
“We have 13 House of Representatives seats and the PDP clinched all of them. We have three Senate seats, one has been declared and PDP won. When the remaining two seats are declared, the PDP will win them. Eighty per cent of the seats declared, the PDP took all.
“You begin to wonder why any right-thinking person would say that PDP lost the governorship election. Not that they say PDP lost to a party with a known logo, or even if you have seen the candidate one day in your life or seen his posters to make people vote for the candidate. For us, it is a drama. The PDP won the election squarely,” he said.
On behalf of the elected National Assembly members, a senator-elect, Barry Mpigi, said that there was no need for anyone to panic as Wike would be declared the winner in line with the votes cast on March 9.
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