Dumo Lulu-Briggs wins at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today, Thursday June 20, 2019 struck out an appeal brought before it by one Precious Baridoo against the 29/04/19 judgement of the Court of Appeal given in favour of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as the Rivers State governorship candidate of the Accord in the just concluded 2019 elections.

The case came up last Thursday June 13, 2019 at the apex court for the motion of abridgement of time and accelerated hearing which was granted and the counsel asked to come today the 20th instant to adopt their briefs and argue their cases.

When the case was called today, the lawyer to Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Wilcox A. Abereton SAN requested the court to ask Mr. Baridoo what he stands to benefit from the case, considering that he did not contest the primaries of the party and also did not contest the governorship election, having openly withdrawn and endorsed the then incumbent, Governor Nyesom Wike.

Wilcox Abereton SAN argued that Baridoo’s appeal was an abuse of court process and a waste of time of the court, saying that Mr. Baridoo has nothing to lose in the matter except to waste the time of the court.

When asked, the lawyer to Baridoo said they were in court just to set the records straight, an answer which drew the anger of the Supreme Court judges. They said the court is not here to settle intra-party matters but to determine who is the Rivers State Governorship candidate of Accord party and if the Court of Appeal has given its ruling what benefit would he (Baridoo) get if the Supreme Court rules in his favour, having not contested the election.

The Supreme Court judges said that the court is not created for academic exercises and advised Baridoo and his lawyer to go to the University of Abuja to pursue academics if they so desire because the Supreme Court is for serious business.

Baridoo was urged not to waste the time of the court and advised to withdraw the appeal otherwise they would enter judgement against him with costs of over N10million. At this point Baridoo’s lawyer quickly apologized to the court and withdrew the appeal. The Supreme Court therefore struck out the appeal.

Political watchers wonder why the sponsors of Mr. Precious Baridoo dragged this matter up to the Supreme Court, considering that the peace-loving Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs did not even file a petition against Gov. Nyesom Wike at the Rivers State Governorship Tribunal. The only reason they say, is that Governor Wike as a shrewd politician, is merely being proactive, in case he loses his election at the courts, he would want a re-run with political lightweights and not a man of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs’ status.

Sotonye Ijuye-Dagogo
Director of Communications
DLB Campaign Organization
20/06/19

RIVERS APC WOMEN STAKEHOLDERS SUMMIT

WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE LIMITED BY PERCENTAGES
– Dumo Lulu-Briggs

 

It was an epoch making event; an APC Women Summit tagged “Women in democracy: Harnessing the strength for National development. The great event was held at the newly commissioned APC Rivers State party secretariat along Aba Road, Port Harcourt, on Saturday the 28th of July, 2018.

The mind rejuvenating summit which was centered on the popular and recurring subject of women in politics, challenges and benefits, had in attendance the very respected women of the All Progressives Congress drawn from across the country, accompanied by selected great men of the party in the state. Leading the women was the National Women leader of the party; Hajia Salamatu Baiwa who admonished women to work even harder than men if they must occupy their desired place of importance in the polity and in every other aspect of life.

The summit was declared open by the great mother of Rivers State, Dame Judith Amaechi, wife of the Federal Minister for Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. In her very articulate and concise keynote address, she briefly highlighted some of her achievements in the area of Gender Democracy as the First Lady of Rivers State at the time, and commended her dear husband who also made deliberate efforts in balancing political appointments in public service. The wife of the Minister stated emphatically that there’s no nation without women and advised Nigerian women to unitedly mobilize themselves for the actualization of their collective aspirations. She thanked the wife of the president, Hajia Aisha Buhari who has done so much for women and for the less privileged in Nigeria.

In a paper delivered by Hon. Mrs. Maureen Tamuno, seven factors were itemized as the challenges hampering women participation in politics and governance in Nigeria. They include:

1. Discriminatory sociocultural practices.
2. Under representation of women in politics.
3. Insufficient financial resources.
4. Unhealthy political environment.
5. False perception of women in politics.
6. Origin of women aspirants.
7. Lack of education.

The event also witnessed goodwill messages from other high profile party women and men including the ever vibrant chairman of the party, Hon. Ojukaye Flag Amachree who advised the women to rise up to the challenges of National development., Hon. Victoria Nyeche, Hon. Joeba West and other respected and distinguished personalities who also inspired the women with words of wisdom.

In an interview granted at the venue of the event, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs corroborated the women’s position of being vital to political development and governance, with a bolder statement in which he declared that percentage affirmations are limiting to women. He opined that women should rather be considered for active participation and engagements on the basis of individual capacities and qualifications.

Other dignitaries at the event include:
Madam Joi Nuneih, Chairman, Center for women development.

Hon Victor Giadom, deputy National secretary of APC and his beautiful wife, Mrs Esther Giadom.

Chief Emeka Beke, State Secretary, APC Rivers State.

Evang. Caroline Nagbo, State Women leader, APC Rivers State.

Engr. Sampson Ngerebara, President General, Free Rivers Development Initiative.

Hon Aso Wenah, Former Liaison Officer, Rivers State Liaison Office, Abuja

Mrs. Ndidi Odili, and many others.

It wasn’t all about talks; the music makers were on ground and did a wondrous delivery of thunderous melodies that enveloped the atmosphere with jubilant ecstasy. Not even the wife of the minister was spared in that magnetic singspiration and dance attraction. It was indeed a summit with the touch of family reunion and a hearty celebration.

Uche Woke
SA Media DLB

THE AKULGA MEETING: APC IS SOLIDLY ON GROUND

Akuku-Toru is a legendary Local government Area in Rivers State that is sufficiently blessed with great men, heroes and geniuses of all time. It is a political entity seated in the Kalabari Ancient kingdom of Rivers State. AKULGA, as it is popularly known is adorned with viable human and material resources. It has a record of fame that reverberates through the length and breadth of Nigeria. The task of providing accurate numerical statistics of the AKULGA sons and daughters who are making waves in Nigerian politics and have written their names in gold will indeed be huge.

The matchless depth of political consciousness, zeal and participatory spirit in AKULGA are what stands her out in the midst of the 23 LGAs in Rivers State. Indeed, Akulgans are ready; I dare say that the dream of change is truly alive in that great LGA. The cheery faces of the ever vibrant queens of AKULGA affirms the above statement; the agility that is ceaselessly displayed by the spirited sons of AKULGA in all the progressive gatherings in the LGA and the massive turnout of the people, simply tell the story of a local Government that has fully embraced the mantra of change and is determined to be instrumental to the victory at sight.

The day’s meeting began with a soul lifting prayer from the senatorial woman leader Hon. Mrs. Ngoba Karibi whyte; followed by a succinct speech by Hon. Tubotamuno Dabiri, Chairman of AKULGA APC who in his speech of consolidation, declared that Dumo Lulu-Briggs is a blessing to the AKULGA APC; one that is relentless in taking care of the party in AKULGA. He further stated with much emphasis that Amaechi is the Supreme leader of the party as he echoed the famous maxim, “Amaechi leads” and the response was, “AKULGA follows.” “Our time to take over is now and we shall take over come 2019”, he said.

Statement from Christian Don Pedro Party leader, reads: “With this marmot crowd, we are going to take over Rivers State come 2019. Politics is not a do or die affair, Akulgans from all political divides must shun political violence and thuggery. Be rest assured that threats to life in the name of politics will not be condoned in 2019. Reach out to the people and encourage them to come out. Our Hon. Minister, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Cannot satisfy everyone in terms of empowerment but if we take over the brick house, economic opportunities shall be provided for people to put their individual talents and skills to use.”

Chief Hon. Samuel Georgewill Theodore stated thus: “that APC is taking over in 2019 is not in doubt. All that remains is our collective efforts and determination to continue in the spirit of oneness and love. God has ordained Dumo Lulu-Briggs; we are very proud of this illustrious son of Rivers State. The party will continue to go forward and not backwards.”

Hon. Onari Brown, former leader of Akuku-Toru APC, had the following to say: “I am grateful to you my fellow party faithfuls in AKULGA, you stood by me all through my reign as the leader of the party, I thank you. I give my total support to the new leader. United we stand and divided we fall. We must encourage those things that unite us and not those that divide us. APC will succeed in 2019.”

In what can be termed a firm and profound declaration, Prof. Chief. Owunari Georgewill, stated that APC is in charge of the federal government, hence Rivers State must be APC.”

The meeting wounded up with an inspiring and wisdom filled speech by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs. He said:
“We are going to mobilize the Akuku-Toru spirit behind the All Progressives Congress. It makes me happy to see that AKULGA APC is united and forward looking. I am proud of AKULGA leaders for the display of maturity and understanding. We must know that 2019 is very defining; institutions in Rivers State are collapsing, but APC is determined to redeem all. We are going to align the state with the center. We are no longer going to play opposition politics. With the capacity we have shown, we are going to walk right into the government house with ease. Your APC card is as important as your PVC. Inside the APC, your registration card is very important and in the federation; for your electoral value and for the exercise of your franchise, your PVC is very important. For those who are yet to have the two cards, go now and register. We want a Rivers State that will work for everyone. We shall make sure our children go to school. We have no greater responsibility, than to educate the next generation. No more guns! It is time for government to recognize your efforts, and APC is willing to provide the avenue. Therefore, go home, spread the good news, let the people know that the day of reckoning has come. We must all sign up for APC and help her bring back the glory of Rivers State.

The mantra remains:
One God – God Almighty
One state – Rivers State
One party – APC and
One leader – The Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.”

“We have one leader in the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State chapter and indeed, the south south. We are satisfied with the leadership of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Let me state with all sincerity that he is a compassionate friend, he is a good man and a courageous leader. And he is a great blessing to the APC; one that will lead us to the promised land.

“Amaechi leads! The people responded in affirmation; “We follow”.

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs concluded by making cash donations to each of the wards in the LGA to help with the workings of the party.

DLB MEDIA
13th November 2017