Wike Floors Amaechi In His LGA As INEC Resumes Collation Of Rivers Results

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Transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi has lost his local government area to his arch political rival, Governor Nyesom Wike as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) resumed collation of results for the governorship poll in Rivers state.

In Ikwerre local government area, where Amaechi is from, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 14, 938 while the African Action Congress (AAC) got 5, 660.

The PDP also won Port Harcourt local government area with 40, 197 votes, and AAC scored 11, 866.

The contest is mainly between Mr. Wike, the candidate of the PDP and Awara Biokpomabo of the AAC but is alsoa proxy political battle between the incumbent governor and his estranged ally, Amaechi.

The AAC candidate is being backed by the transport minister, who had on the eve of the election held on March 9, asked his supporters to vote for Biokpomabo.

On March 10, INEC had suspended all electoral processes in the state, citing violence and widespread disruption of collation of results.

However, it said that the results of 17 local government areas were intact, and it rescheduled collation for April 2 to April 5.

The electoral body had scheduled supplementary election in the remaining six local government areas for April 13.

They are, Abua Odual, Ahoada West, Gokana, Khana, Asari Toru and Degema.

As at the time of filing this report, results from about three local government areas have been announced at the collation centre in Port Harcourt.

An Abuja high court had earlier cleared the way for the collation to continue, dismissing a suit filed by the AAC seeking to stop INEC from collating the results.

Justice, Inyang Ekwo held that since the matter was election related, it was appropriate for the plaintiffs to take their case before an election tribunal.

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