Nigeria – Opposition Retains Rivers State


The Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria has this week announced that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has retained Rivers State in the March 9 governorship elections.

The counting of votes was suspended following the vote as a result of violence and intimidation perpetrated against election officials.  

The stakes were high as Rivers State is home to vast gas and oil reserves, and according to election monitors many of the 50 recorded deaths during the presidential and parliamentary elections took place in the State.

The announced results put incumbent governor Nyesom Wike of the PDP on 886,264 votes, as compared with the runner up Biokpomabo Awara of the African Alliance Congress who totalled 173,859 votes.

The opposition PDP and its presidential candidate in the recently concluded polls, Atiku Abubakar, have rejected the declared results of the president contest and are challenging the result.