Winner of the Rivers state governorship election, Nyesom Wike has dedicated his victory to those who were killed in the mayhem that enveloped the state’s electoral process.
Governor Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was declared winner on Wednesday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stated this in reaction to his victory.
The State Returning Officer, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Professor Teddy Addia, declared that Governor Wike poll 886,264 votes to defeat his closest rival Rotimi Amaechi’s preferred candidate, Biokpomabo Awara of the African Alliance Congress (AAC) who polled 173,809 votes.
Wike in a series of tweets on his official Twitter page dedicated his victory to those killed during the Rivers election.
He also noted that he would never betray the PDP.
Wike wrote: “I want to thank the people of Rivers State 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
“Those who died not because they were criminals, but because they wanted to defend their votes. We dedicate this victory to God those who were killed.
“They tried with their Federal Might, but the Superior Might from above defeated them.
“I thanked INEC for working in line with the tenets of the electoral act. I thank the Police.
“If anybody does anything contrary as a member of the House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate, the blood of those who died will visit them. I will never betray PDP.Nobody won or lost, but Rivers people won.
“We will not disappoint the PDP. We will not disappoint Rivers people. We shall continue to serve.
“We must make the state move forward . We must not continue to de-market the state. I cannot stay beyond 2023, but Rivers State will continue to be. If you believe you are from Rivers State, end this now.
“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.
“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 will run an inclusive government, which will accommodate all shades of interest.”