Naija News reports that Wike who made this statement on Wednesday dedicated his victory to God and thanked members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for their show of courage, despite intimidation by security operatives who illegally wanted to change the will of Rivers people.
This online news platform recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Wike winner of the governorship election.
The Returning Officer for the election, Teddy Adias, made the declaration at INEC head office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital on Wednesday evening.
Wike polled 886,264 votes ahead of Biokpomabo Awara, candidate of the African Alliance Congress (AAC) and his closest rival, who garnered 173,859 votes.
Reacting to his victory, Wike said he was overwhelmed by the total support and love the people of the state displayed during and after the general elections.
His words: “I want to thank the people of Rivers State for showing the kind of love we have never seen before.
“Those who died did not die not because they were criminals, but because they wanted to defend their votes. We dedicate this victory to God and those who were killed.
“They protected our votes and they defended us. We pray God to grant their families the strength to bear the losses. We shall continue to support the families”, he said.
Governor Wike promised to run an inclusive government, which will accommodate all shades of interest.
“We have no other state. You may have mansions elsewhere, but there is no place like home. We must come together and build our state.
“We must make the state move forward. We must not continue to de-market the state. I cannot stay beyond 2023, but Rivers State will continue to be. If you believe you are from Rivers State, end this now”, he said.
The governor-elect thanked INEC for working in line with the tenets of the electoral act. and thanked the Police for their good work.
He extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents, saying that nobody won or lost, but Rivers people won.
Governor Wike said the struggle to stop collation was so vicious that it continued till the end of the collation.
“We will not disappoint the PDP. We will not disappoint Rivers people. We shall continue to serve.
“If anybody does anything contrary as a member of the House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate, the blood of those who died will visit them. I will never betray PDP.
“They tried with their Federal Might, but the Superior Might from above defeated them”, he said.