TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is cruising home to victory having won 13 local government areas (LGAs) out of the 15 LGAs after some governorship on Tuesday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
PDP’s closest rival, the African Action Congress (AAC), defeated PDP in Oyigbo and Akuku-Toru LGAs.
The results were announced after the commission resumed its state governorship results collation, which was earlier suspended after the March 9 poll following widely reported violence.
State Returning Officer, Professor Teddy Adias, who coordinated the exercise, assured that INEC would be as fast as possible to see a successful completion of the election processes.
INEC announced that the continuation of the collation of the rest resulst would continue on Wednesday, April 3.
Meanwhile, a PDP state agent, and former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Okpara, and his AAC counterpart, Nenye Kocha, have described the collation process as transparent.
Okpara of PDP said his party was “coasting home peacefully,” adding that security agencies and INEC, had demonstrated professionalism in their jobs.
However, Kocha, who is also the AAC state secretary, said the figures arrived at so far, were not comfortable.
He said: “We have been in the dark over what has been happening. Although the process has been transparent, the figures are not comfortable.
“As a party, we are going to review the gamut of all that has happened within the period.”
Meanwhile, there was a pro-AAC protest earlier in the day to disrupt the collation.
The protest eventually turned violent following alleged shooting by unknown gunmen; the incident was said to have left some people wounded.