The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, seem to be having a tough time in the Rivers legislative re-run elections as official results are yet to be announced in some areas, more than 24 hours after voting.
This may not be unconnected to the insecurity that expectedly, but unfortunately, characterized the entire process.
There were widespread reports of violence, ballot box snatching, kidnap of electoral officials and killings of security agents.
The GOC of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Kasimu Abdulkarim, in a statement revealed that a Deputy Superintendent of Police was beheaded alongside his orderly after their convoy was ambushed by hoodlums.
However, The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for Bonny State constituency, Abinye Pepple, has been declared winner of the election.
Journalists obtained INEC document signed by the returning officer, Ekuka Kalu.
Pepple got 6,610 votes to defeat his All Progressives Congress’, APC, opponent, Henry Halliday, who came second with 2330 votes.
Bonny is part of Rivers West senatorial district.
On the other hand, the APC won in Khana, Gokana state constituencies.
Friday Nkeeh – Khana and Innocent Narikoh – Gokana, were declared winners and have been returned elected by INEC.
Official results in the other areas where elections were conducted are still being awaited as at the time of this report.