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INEC declares PDP winner of Rivers gov’ship election

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Siminaliayi Fubara, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate for governor, has been declared the winner of the state’s governorship election held on Saturday.

On Monday night, Fabura was pronounced the election’s winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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In all 23 of the state’s Local Government Areas, the PDP’s flagbearer prevailed.

According to Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, the INEC Returning Officer, the PDP candidate received 302,614 votes to defeat Tonye Cole of the All Progressives Congress, who received 95,274 votes.

Senator Magnus Abe of the Social Democratic Party and Beatrice Itubo of the Labour Party received only 46,981 and 22,224 votes, respectively, to finish far behind them in third and fourth place.

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Out of the 3,537,190 registered voters in the state, 496,852 were accredited to vote in the March 18 governorship election, according to Rim-Rukeh.

He clarified that out of the 494,604 votes cast, 483,934 were legitimate and 10, 670 were invalid.

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Professor Akpofura Rim-rukehm, declared, “I hereby certify the results of the 2023 governorship election held on the 18th of March, 2023.

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The PDP’s Fubara Siminialayi, who received the most votes and had a certified percent spread with a sufficient lead, was pronounced the winner and re-elected after meeting all legal requirements.

The announcement was not without controversy as party representatives from the Labour party and SDP protested the election results, calling them a farce and an embarrassment to democracy.

They demanded that the entire election be canceled.

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But, the returning officer had earlier instructed them to note their concerns and directed them accordingly with supporting documentation.

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