By Jude Atupulazi
In what appears to be a new twist in the aftermath of the controversial presidential election, Rivers State governor, Barr Nyesom Wike, has pronounced Labour Party the winner of that poll.
According to Wike, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, won the February 25, 2023 election.
The Rivers State Governor, in a 42-second trending video,
Said, “The winner of this election; whether you like am or you no like-am, is Obi. The winner of this election is Obi.’
As his audience cheered wildly, Wike, who worked for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during the election, said: ‘Listen! Listen! Hold on; I’m not saying this to make you happy. I am saying the truth and nothing but the truth.’
He then added amidst applause: ‘He (Obi) may not have been pronounced as winner, no problem. The law will take its course.’
The event where Wike spoke was believed to have taken place in the state capital, Port Harcourt, last weekend, going by the address of the rental company that supplied the canopy for the outdoor event.
It also appears to have been a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) event as some of the face caps put on by some of the attendees had the inscription, ”SIM” – the pet name of the state governor-elect, Siminalayi Fubara.
Wike’s revelation came days after figures uploaded on the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that Obi won the election in Rivers and not Tinubu as announced by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu.
The INEC Chairman had declared Tinubu winner of the election with 8,794,726 votes, followed PDP’s Atiku Abubakar with 6,984,520 votes, and Obi third with 6,101,533 votes.
Both Atiku and Obi rejected the results and are pursuing their cases in court.
Source: News Express