The incumbent governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has expressed joy at his victory at the 2019 polls saying ‘no victor, no vanquished’.
INEC on Wednesday evening declared Wike winner of the March 9, governorship elections having polled 886,264 votes to defeat his closest rival Awara Biokpomabo of African Action Congress who managed 173,859.
“I want to thank the people of Rivers for showing the kind of love we have never seen before. I thank them for showing the kind of support we have never seen before,” he said shortly after the announcement.
“We dedicate this victory to God, those who were killed. They protected our votes and they defended us.
“We pray God to grant their families the strength to bear the losses. We shall continue to support the families.
“We have no other state. You may have mansions elsewhere, but there is no place like home. We must come together and build our state.
“We must make the state move forward. We must not continue to de-market the state. I cannot stay beyond 2023, but Rivers will continue to be.