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.
Moments after INEC declared Wike the winner of the governorship election, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to react with some mocking Rotimi Amaechi in the process for backing AAC’s candidate Awara.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
Rare picture of the two lions of Rivers state; Wike and Amaechi….. Choose your Lion wisely pic.twitter.com/O6o4aZBBPG
— Mazi Nwabueze Snr (@Dukeofmbaise) April 4, 2019
After all the political higi haga, militarised jaga jaga, inciteful gra gra, and unnecessary collation wahala, the titanic weight behind the AAC candidate in Rivers State still hit a ship-wrecking iceberg in Governor Nyesom Wike. Congratulations Gov. Wike.
Na man you be!! pic.twitter.com/gODejjjh40
— Hon. Ben Igbakpa (@benigbakpa) April 4, 2019
Wike stole my mandate, says Awara, AAC/APC/Army/SARS/Amaechi governorship candidate in Rivers state.
— Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) April 4, 2019
The Soul of PDP, Rivers state is safe and secured.
If APC desperately wants an Oil producing state, they should invest in Groundnut Oil processing inside the states they control. https://t.co/8egagol5IN
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) April 3, 2019
Using the Army to write results for an unknown candidate in Rivers State only made those who did it look stupid & desperate.
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) April 3, 2019