Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the Rivers people to remain calm, as the success of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the March 9, Governorship election would be a sweet victory in the end.
Wike made the statement when members of the National Assembly, elected on the platform of the PDP, presented their INEC Certificates of Return to him, at a ceremony in the Government House, Port Harcourt, the State capital, on Friday.
He said that the will of the people of the State will prevail in the end, despite the conspiracy against the State.
I know that PDP won the elections squarely. We believe in peace; therefore, Rivers people should remain calm. We believe in due process. I believe that INEC is doing their best to follow the due process.
“In the end, it will be a sweet victory. The will of Rivers people will prevail”, he said.
The Governor described the political standoff in the State, as a drama which will end.
He said: “The people of Rivers voted overwhelmingly for the PDP in all elections, while the anti-democratic forces attempted to snatch results at the Collation Centres.
“Let me thank the people of Rivers State for the love they have shown for our great party. It is not in doubt that Rivers people 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, PDP will win 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. PDP won the election squarely”, he said.
He added that, across the 4,442 polling units of Rivers State, the people voted for the PDP in all the elections.
However, the results for the Governorship poll in the State, is yet to be announced.
The process was suspended by INEC, at the result collation level, but the Governor and his party members are optimistic of victory, especially when other Candidates of the party in the State who contested for other seats, mainly the State and National Assembly seats, were announced winners.
He said: “Across 4,442 polling units, the results are there; the PDP won in all these areas.
“Not when you hijack results at the Collation Centre. When you hijack Form EC 8C, you forget that there is Form EC 8A. Any other party can win in any other State, but not in Rivers State.
“I dedicate this victory to God, and the good people of Rivers State, who stood firm and said that nobody can manipulate their mandate”, he said.
He urged the elected National Assembly members, to always place the interest of Rivers State above other considerations, as they represent the State.
The Governor stated that all those who plotted the killings of Rivers people, because of their desperation to clinch power, will face the consequences of their actions.