If the 5 gubernatorial candidates contesting the credibility of the April 11 gubernatorial poll in Rivers haven’t yet withdrawn their cases from the election petition tribunal against Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was declared winner of the poll, then he is in a very big soup.
The result declared by the Returning Officer for Rivers State, Osasere Orumwense on April 13, shows that Wike was awarded 1,029,102 votes, representing 87.77 per cent of 1,228,614, being the conjured number of total accredited voters.
However, according to Premium Times report, a bulky 94-page INEC endorsed document showed that the total number of accredited voters for the April 11 guber election in Rivers was 292, 878.
The document was signed by Ibrahim Bawa, the acting director in charge of INEC Legal Unit and Abimbola Oladunjoye, head of unit, Data Management, of the Commission’s Information Communication Territory Department.
If we are to commensurate between those that were accredited and those that voted, the outcome will be logically improbable for Wike or any other candidate in the election to garner votes exceeding the total number of accredited voters, not to talk of amassing such hyper-inflated figure of 1,029,102 awarded to Wike.