Today, 9 March 2019, the people of Rivers State, South-south Nigeria, will troop out to elect a governor as well as State House of Assembly representatives for another four years term.
Naija News understands that the electorates are expected to vote from a list of sixty-four (64) candidates for the post of a governor from and 558 House of Assembly candidates on the platform of the political parties. There are 3.22 million Registered voters in Rivers state.
In the build-up to the election, Incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has popped up clearly as a top contender for the office of the governor.
Apart from Governor Wike, the leading governorship candidates of parties include, Dumo Lulu-Briggs (AP); Victor Fingesi (ADP); Isaac Wonwu (LP), Precious Elekima (SDP); Elem Chinweike of the Hope Democratic Party; (HDP) and Joseph Princewill for the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN).
The election would take place in twenty-three (23) local government areas, three hundred and nineteen (319) electoral wards and four thousand, four hundred and forty-two (4442) polling units in the state.
Local government areas where the election will take place are: Port Harcourt, Obio-Akpor, Okrika, Ogu–Bolo, Eleme, Tai, Gokana, Khana, Oyigbo, Opobo–Nkoro, Andoni, Bonny, Degema, Asari-Toru, Akuku-Toru, Abua–Odual, Ahoada West, Ahoada East, Ogba–Egbema–Ndoni, Emohua, Ikwerre, Etche, Omuma local government area.
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Live reports from Rivers state:
5:44 pm: Unit 6, ward 4, Opobo/Nkoro LGA
5:44 pm: Ward 1 (Kalaibiama), unit 014, Opobo/Nkoro LGA
11: 59 am: Voter turnout is low in PU14 and 15, ward 18, Port Harcourt LGA but the process is running smoothly.
11: 25 am: Reports of persons alleged to be SARS operatives carting away electoral materials at Ward 8, 12 and 1 in Asari Toru LGA.
9:28 am: Electoral process ongoing smoothly at unit 2, ward 9, Obior Akpor LGA.
9: 04 am: Electoral process commences at PU7, ward 9, Ohio/Akpor LGA. This is Governor Nyesom Wike’s polling unit.
8: 59 am: Voting commences at polling unit 9, ward 9, Port Harcourt but turnout is low. A party agent attributed the development to the delay experienced during the February 23 presidential election.