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Rivers Rerun: PDP takes lead as more results are announced

The Peoples Democratic Party has overtaken the All Progressives Congress as the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday declared results of more constituencies in the Rivers State legislative rerun elections.

The process is now in its fourth day, and will extend to the fifth at least. Out of the 21 constituencies that went into the elections, final results of 12 have been declared with the PDP leading as of Tuesday evening.

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how both parties stood after results of 10 constituencies were declared. At the time, PDP had two senatorial seats, two Reps seats and one State Assembly seat, while APC had one senatorial seat, two Reps seats and two State Assembly seats.

But results of two more constituencies – one federal constituency and one state constituency – were announced later Tuesday and PDP won the two.

In Opobo/Andoni/Nkoro federal constituency, PDP’s Awji Abante won with 16,234 votes, having defeated APC’s Samson Egop with 15,343.

In Andoni state constituency, PDP won with 10,729 to come ahead of APC that had 7,369.

As it stands, PDP has seven and APC follows with five.

PDP has two senatorial districts Rivers East and Rivers West), three federal constituencies (Okrika/Ogu-Bolo, Opobo/Andoni/Nkoro, and Asari-Toru/Akuku-Toru) and two state constituencies (Andoni and Bonny).

PDP clinched one senatorial district that is Rivers South East, two federal constituencies (Gokana/Khana and Tai/Oyigbo/Eleme), and two state constituencies (Khana II and Gokana).

Nine results are still being expected from three federal constituencies and six state constituencies.

Ikwere/Emohua, Degema/Bonny, and Etche/Omuma federal constituencies are the remaining three from which final results are still being expected.

Also, Eleme, Asari-Toru I, Asari-Toru II, Etche II, Ikwere, and Degema are the remaining six state constituencies who results are being awaited.

The delay is a consequence of the widespread violence that marred the polls, INEC’s National Commissioner, Mustapha Lecky, said during a press conference in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

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