The African Action Congress (AAC) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Biokpomabo Awara, has accused both Governor Nyesom Wike and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of conniving to rob him of victory in the governorship poll.
The candidate, who was reacting to the INEC’s declaration of Governor Wike as the winner of the March 9 governorship election, said the duo connived to rig him out of winning the election.
He vowed that he would collaborate with his party to ensure that they reclaim the “stolen mandate”, saying that they would soon head to the court to challenge the verdict.
He alleged gross irregularities in the resumed collation of the state governorship election result that saw Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) re-elected as Governor of the state.
Wike won the election after polling 886,264 votes to beat Awara, who polled 173,859 votes. The margin was 712,405 votes.
“Nenye Kocha is not the collation agent of AAC in INEC office, Port Harcourt. Dr. Chuku is the duly-nominated collation agent of AAC, but he was prevented by security personnel at the gate of INEC’s office in Port Harcourt from moving to the collation centre.
“I have the unit by unit results of the March 9, 2019 elections in Rivers state. When they observed that I was leading and they saw the danger coming, they quickly moved on March 10 to save Wike, by suspending the collation of the results, which they resumed on April 1.
“As at the time the collation was suspended, I had 281,000 votes, as against Wike’s 79,000 votes. So, they (INEC officials) quickly came to his rescue.
“We have written a petition on the electoral fraud in Rivers state to the INEC chairman, stating the actual results, but Professor Yakubu will not take action.
“I want Rivers people to be calm. We are going to reclaim the stolen mandate. We should not be troubled and we should never opt for violence.
“I want Rivers people, especially my teeming supporters, who are being pained by what they are seeing, to keep hope alive. Victory is certain. We are going to bring back the stolen mandate,” Awara said.