The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended elections for the Senate and Port Harcourt Federal Constituency II in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area (PHALGA) in Rivers State.
INEC Resident Electoral Officer (REC) in Rivers, Johnson Sinikiem, announced the suspension on Tuesday following protests and pressures on the commission after the Collation Officer for PHALGA declared the PHALGA Federal Constituency 1 election won by the candidate of the Labour Party (LP). Sinikiem stated that the commission would conduct a thorough investigation before further action would be taken.
He also urged the public to know that the function of a State Collation Officer is to collate results of elections conducted at the various Local Government Areas of the State, and that he is not a Supervising Presiding Officer nor a Presiding Officer that conducts elections at the polling units. Meanwhile, results for Degema and Obio/Akpor LGAs are the only ones left to determine who won Rivers in the 2023 presidential elections.
Prof Teddy Charles Adias, Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Otueke, had also declared the collation of the presidential election results in Rivers suspended over threats to his life and that of his family from persons claiming to be LP members.
Meanwhile, Obi who has won only five of the 21 LGAs so far collated, is polling a total of 170,052 with Bola Tinubu of APC who has won 13 LGAs polling 148,977 votes. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abunakar with wins in three LGAs controlled by his men is placed third on the presidential table for Rivers with
Obi’s overwhelming votes with win in just five LGAs so far came from Port Harcourt City LGA, Rivers LGA second highest voters population where the LP candidate raked 62451 votes against APC’s 5562 votes.
Tinubu Wins Obio-Akpor LGA, Rivers
APC – 80, 239
LP – 3829
PDP – 368