Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
The Peoples Democratic Party has won the supplementary rerun election held in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The party, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission, won the Federal House of Representatives seat and the State House of Assembly seat that were in contention.
Returning Officer for the Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency election, Professor Shola Omotola, announced on Sunday that the All Progressives Congress got 6,220 votes while the PDP polled 15,221 votes.
With the declaration of the result, Jerome Eke of the PDP defeated his closed rival, Ogbonna Nwuke of the APC
However, the Returning Officer for the Etche State Constituency 2 election, Oluwatosin Odusanya announced that the PDP scored 4,162 votes to defeat the APC, which polled 1,618 votes.
Based on the result announced, Tony Ejiogu of the PDP won his challenger, Golden Chioma of the APC.
But the State Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, condemned the act of trying to subvert the will of the people through INEC result manipulation with the support of security agents.
The governor said Rivers people would continue to resist fraudulent attempts to manipulate election results.
He declared that elections could only be won at the polling units and not through the swapping of result sheets by security agencies and INEC.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the release of its employee who was kidnapped by suspected political thugs during Saturday’s supplementary rerun election in Etche, Rivers State.
INEC in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, Tonia Nwobi, denied that one of its staff lost a hand to the violence that erupted in some parts of Etche during the election.
The commission added that as of the time of issuing the statement, all 745 employees mobilised from Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States had returned to the collation centre.