According to official results declared by INEC, Barrister Wike of PDP polled 1,029,102 votes, to defeat Dr Dakuku Peterside of the APC who polled 124, 846 votes. Wike won in 20 LGAs while Peterside won in 2 LGAs. Results from Emohua Local Government Area were cancelled.
Addressing journalists at his residence in the early hours of Monday after his declaration by INEC as the governor-elect of the state, Wike assured Rivers people that he would live up to their expectations by delivering on the cardinal programmes contained in the New Rivers Vision 2015.
He called on the people of the state to unite and work as a collective in the forthcoming months, saying that it is imperative to forge ahead on all fronts despite the challenges the state is facing.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
Wike noted that the electioneering phase was over and the phase of development has set in. He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to all his opponents during the elections, urging them to join hands with him to develop a new Rivers State where every resident will be accommodated in the growth process.
“We will not persecute anyone, but we shall remain focused on the urgent needs of development across the state and the need to empower the vast majority of our people. We will run a transparent administration that will be fully accountable to the people, ensuring that Rivers people get value for their resources”.
He said that he would settle down with other Rivers State stakeholders to quickly address critical areas that require immediate attention for the revival of the state.
Also speaking, his wife, Justice Suzzette Wike assured the people of the state that she would provide the needed support to ensure that her husband remained focused in the delivery of developmental programmes for the state.
Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia urged the governor-elect to unite all political interests of the state as the new father of the state for the expected revival of the state.
PDP Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus congratulated all Rivers people on the emergence of Wike as their incoming governor, assuring that he would bring the dividends of good governance to their door steps.
Ambassador Desmond Aka work, who served as the Director General of Rivers State PDP Campaign Organisation, assured that Wike would redefine development in the state through the diligent execution of programmes contained in the New Rivers Vision 2015.
Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Engr Tele Ikuru said that he had to defect from APC to the PDP because of the need to secure the future of Rivers State. Ikuru, who served as PDP governorship collation agent, expressed confidence that Wike would deliver on his promises.