The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday temporarily suspended the collation of results for the governorship election in Rivers State.
INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga, who announced this at the collation centre in Port Harcourt, said the commission would continue with the exercise at 10am on Wednesday.
The announcement followed the collation of results from 15 Local Government Areas of the state.
From the results of 15 LGAs so far collated, Wike of PDP has polled 426, 279 votes ahead of Biokpomabo Awara of AAC who got 129,855 vote, leaving a margin of 296,424. There are two more local government areas INEC is yet to announce before the supplementary election which will hold across six LGAs on April 13.
INEC had suspended all electoral processes in Rivers on March 10, following reports of widespread disruption of elections in the state.
Two weeks after, the commission said it would continue with the process and released a timeline for the conclusion of the exercise.
According to the timeline released by INEC on March 21, INEC will resume the collation and announcement of election results in Rivers between April 2 and 5.
The electoral body will conclude the issuance of all outstanding certificates of return on April 19.