The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won in 15 local government areas out of the 17 councils so far released for the governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The All Progressives Congress (APC) has so far won in two local government areas.
The remaining results are expected from the rescheduled polls on Sunday, which took place in Abua Odua, ward 1, Asari Toru ward 13, Bonny ward 13, Degema wards 11,12,13, Emohua ward 4, and Obio/Akpor wards 15 and 16.
Meanwhile, the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Dakuku Peterside of the APC have called for the cancellation of the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
The APGA candidate, Charles Harry, who spoke on behalf of the others, called on INEC to cancel the election because it was marred by irregularities.
According to him, thugs allegedly made away with election materials and fired gun shots to scare voters, in order to manipulate the election results.
“In Buguma, headquarter of Asari-Toru Local Government, there was no accreditation because there were no election materials in place.
“Elsewhere, the disenfranchisement of Rivers people was taken to a level unprecedented in the history of electioneering in the state. There was intimidation, harassment and outright manipulation of the electoral process,” he said.
In her reaction, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Mrs Gesila Khan, said elections were successfully held in the state.
She said the commission had cancelled elections in nine wards and ordered a re-run where it was established that no election took place.