A formidable women group domiciled in Rivers State has heeded the call by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs to join the APC and help her galvanise Riverians into supporting the change mantra in Rivers State.

It was on Sunday the 5th of November 2017 when the great women of substance joyously played host to the esteemed humanist Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs in Port Harcourt. The multitude of women did defy the elements and stood firm under the unfriendly sky and chanted songs of praises to usher in the man of the day.

And indeed, the very distinguished guest and his entourage arrived the venue but had to struggle through the seas of women in an attempt to make their way into the hall. While shouts and echoes of joy and praises in different tongues continued to envelope the air, many clapped, some danced as others couldn’t help but reach out to touch and have a feel of this charismatic personality best described as God’s gift to humanity and to the Rivers people in particular.


When he finally made his way into the hall and up to the high table, it was as though the arena was further ignited with songs that filled the atmosphere with joy. It’s okay to say that the Bright Ladies of Rivers State gave a king’s welcome to a man they called their very own Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs in a show of love never seen in recent time.


The women group representing all the 23 Local Government Areas of Rivers State and non indigenes, turned out with over a thousand women creating an overwhelming overflow that filled two large halls and the premises. The position of every LGA coordinator who spoke at the event was clear “…we need you to be our governor come 2019” “…we need you to come and save us from the shackles of insecurity and poverty…” “we want a governor who will not give guns to our children, and that person can only be you”.

In her speech, the President of the group Mrs Christy Ortens-Ofor declared that “the Wike administration is a failure to the women of Rivers State, that the administration has underplayed the importance of education, leaving no job opportunity and denying Rivers people adequate security and peace. She described Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as a lover of peace, and a friend to the youths, the women and to the elderly.

Responding, DLB, said thus; “indeed, the tenacity, the courage and the fearlessness displayed by the Bright Ladies is a clear indication that women are prepared to do what men may not be able to do. “You have given me reasons to believe that you have the capacity to bring about the desired change to our dear Rivers State; but if truly you want me to run for governorship and win, then you all must be willing to join the APC and work towards a Rivers State that is united first under God Almighty, second, under the party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and finally, under one leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi”. He then called on the women to officially register with the All Progressives Congress and promised to personally facilitate the official processes of registration.

On behalf of the leader of the APC Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs made a cash donation to the ladies and appreciated them further with food items. He noted that APC recognises the effort of women and is ever ready to show appreciation, hence the donations. He further encouraged the women to go back to their various wards, identify with party leaders and inform others, especially the undecided, of the need to join the All Progressives Congress (APC)” while assuring them of adequate women representation in all party activities and in the expected APC regime.

7th November 2017


APC women leaders of the 23 local government Areas of Rivers State, as well as women members of the state party executive and other prominent women stakeholders of the party, led by the state women leader, Evangelist Caroline Nagbo and her Deputy, Princess Urie, had an interface with Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu-Briggs on Thursday the 21 September 2017, to further consolidate the unity of the party in the State and pledge full support and loyalty to the leadership of the APC in Rivers State.

The parley, convened solely by the women leaders, as part of their dedicated effort towards mobilizing women for the collective objective of building the party and strengthening the structures and resolve of members to be fully focused ahead of the 2019 electioneering season, equally served as an opportunity for them to highlight the core value of respect, which they described as a virtue that the women of APC hold sacred and which had prompted the interface with a well-respected personality like Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu Briggs, in order to promote a sense of unity and belonging and to share ideas on the need to strengthen the party through membership support and loyalty to the leadership in the state.

Addressing the women, after the preliminary official formalities had been dispensed with, Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu Briggs expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the women for deeming him worthy of the auspicious invitation to interface with them at such a high level gathering and pledged his unalloyed loyalty to the leadership of the party in the state, even as he applauded them for their dedication and commitment to embrace the challenging but achievable quest to strengthen and unite the APC in Rivers State.

He further commended their zeal, courage and faithfulness to the party over the years and while urging them not to hesitate to call on him whenever the need arises, assured them of his support to their positive efforts and activities in promoting party unity and harmony amongst member at all times.

“Let me start by thanking all of us for our commitment to the APC cause and for finding me worthy of your presence. I am one of you today because you have made appealing impacts as the frontrunners of the party. I am thankful because you kept on with the struggle and even when it looked like the road was very difficult, you kept the APC alive. And today, the APC has become the conscience of Rivers State and it is because of the foresightedness of all of you who are here,” Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs addressed them.

Speaking further, the distinguished legal luminary went down memory lane and extolled the virtues of women and their important role in society, even under very harsh and challenging circumstances and while recalling the brave and courageous initiatives the APC women have undertaken to ensure the continued sustenance of the party in the state, emphasized the need for them and indeed all party members to recognize and respect the leadership of the party always.

He said: “Growing up, life was rough but my mother was always there for me, so I know that I will not be a man today if not for the woman that God gave me as a mother. So, no matter what happens, I value women, I respect them because they remind me every day of the sufferings that my mother went through to raise me. There is enormous responsibility that the women carry, and if not for you, this party will not be anywhere. I thank all of you for holding firm, for agreeing that what we have in Rivers State is one God, one state, one party (The All Progressives Congress) and one leader, the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Now, when you have all of that, it means that your victories are guaranteed,” he assured them.

Encouraging the APC Women and other party members to be firm and committed in their resolve to put the party first and ensure total victory for the APC in the 2019 elections, Chief Lulu-Briggs said, “I want to tell us that 2019 is a defining moment for all of us and nobody appreciates that better than the leader of the party. It means a lot more for him that we win the 2019 election, than it means to almost all of us who are also members of this party and who have all kinds of aspirations. It will be wrong of me or anybody to input wrong motives in his actions, because frankly, it will be more costly to him if we make any mistake in 2019 than it will be to all of us who are aspiring. Therefore, it is important that we give him the benefit of the doubt.


“The leader of the party Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi believes that we must build a Rivers State that will not be hostile to our children, a state that will love them and provide opportunities for them to realize their full potentials. It is important for him to ensure that the state begins to work for every man, woman and child. Today, Rivers State is struggling to find her feet while Lagos State has moved on,” he informed them.

Rounding up his brief remarks to the APC Women, the humble business mogul and loyal party chieftain told them that, “It has to be about you and not about the person contesting elections; it has to be about all of us. So we need to have people who are capable and are willing to expand the economy to accommodate all Rivers people. For whatever opportunity God gives to us, He expects us to use it to enrich the lives of the people. Nothing means more to us than the love that we show to one another, so we should pray to get people who will get into positions and remember that it was never about them, that it is just a position they hold in trust in order to explore resources in a manner that will make provisions for every Rivers man, woman and child,” he enjoined them.

“There are two important moments in the life of everybody; the day you were born and the day you realized why you were born. I have realized that I was born to serve; I was born to share my life with people.  I hope that in 2019, we will be able to bring back that Rivers State that cared for all of us. We have to begin to love again, the money we store in the banks for our children won’t give them happiness; what will give them joy is that they have a society that cares for them,” he concluded.

In her own remarks, the Rivers State APC women leader, Evangelist Caroline Nagbo, thanked Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu Briggs for honouring their invitation, as well as recognizing and also deeming it fit to interface with the women of APC in Rivers State, even as she lauded the humility and altruism displayed by the frontline politician and expressed deep gratitude to him for understanding the plight of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and appreciating the fact that he has made great sacrifices for the growth and development of Rivers State.


The woman leader who spoke deeply about the sufferings of Rt. Hon. Amaechi at the hands of detractors whose trade was to cast down rather than lift up, declared that the leader of the party believes in development and the raising of Rivers people, adding that Amaechi’s resolve to channel resources towards the cause of development, among other things, brought him so much persecution and sufferings.

She then recounted the sufferings that APC women had gone through simply because they stood by their convictions in 2015 and beyond and stated with all sense of pride that despite the obvious challenges and temptations, no APC woman jumped ship as they remained intact and solidly behind Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

Describing Rt. Hon. Amaechi as one with great vision for women, the APC Woman leader affirmed that the vision came to a manifestation through the invaluable support of Dame Judith Amaechi, wife of the former Rivers Governor and now the current minister of transportation and the leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC Rivers State Chapter.

Evangelist Caroline Nagbo said: “Dame Judith ensured that there was an adequate representation of women in all aspects of governance. Her husband granted those wishes and positioned women strategically. The women of APC are solidly behind Rotimi for being a good leader and for recognizing the sufferings of women. The leader himself has suffered so much persecution in the hands of detractors but he is God’s anointed; he shall always emerge victorious,” she posited confidently.


Extolling Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs for his humility and the respectful decision to follow the proper channels and the recognized due process defined by the rules and guidelines when he joined the APC, she said, “We are happy with you because your coming into APC didn’t bring sorrow and confusion. Your method of entrance; recognizing the grassroots, the ward executive and units officers, prove that indeed, you are a true politician. Your membership in APC has added value to the party. What is more exciting to us is that you are supportive of our leader, you are loyal and obedient to him, praying with him and committed to the objective of building and strengthening the party. We appreciate your good role sir. God will bless you for recognizing the pains that we have all gone through. We believe in the vision of Rotimi, and will follow him all the way,” she enthused.

Exhorting Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, the Rivers APC top Woman admonished that, “It is written that when a man humbles himself, God lifts him up. We are touched by your level of humility. Humility is the way of our leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Our leader is a very compassionate man and your remarks about him today tells us that you are that proverbial child that sits at the feet of his father and learns wisdom. You are loyal, obedient and supportive, God will reward you equally,” she prayed for him.



As the realities of the failures and inability of the current administration to deliver on promised dividends of democracy, many Rivers people are already clamouring for the APC and Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs (DLB) to emerge and change the status quo.

A political group, Concern Rumuekini Foundation Forum (CRFF) made this assertion when it paid a solidarity visit to Chief Lulu-Briggs at his office in Port Harcourt.

Concern Rumuekini Foundation Forum (CRFF) Excos with members of the Liberation Movement

Leader of the group boasted of twelve thousand voting strength in Ward 15 of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr. Nwoha Boniface Obinuchi said the visit became necessary as the people have lost confidence in the current government’s ability to rescue them from insecurity with killings, beheadings and kidnappings becoming recurring events in recent times.

Mr. Nwoha Boniface Obinuchi (M), Leader of the Young Aspiring Leaders Network (YALN)

The group said it sought to find out DLB’s stance, whether he will consider be contesting the 2019 election and appealed on behalf of Rumuekini people that he makes himself available for the number one position in the state as they believe he has the will and capacity to redeem Rivers State from the dwindling fortunes occasioned by misgovernance.

Concern Rumuekini Foundation Forum (CRFF) Excos with members of the Liberation Movement

Similarly, another group, the Young Aspiring Leaders Network (YALN) with membership of different political parties from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state has equally entreated the frontline Rivers politician to vie for the governorship of the state under the APC come 2019 as Rivers youths were looking up to him to make the difference.

Young Aspiring Leaders Network (YALN) Excos with members of the Liberation Movement

YALN is a youth pressure group that is clamouring for Rivers youths to be meaningfully engaged politically as against the cheerleaders and errand boys role they currently play during elections.

Leader of the group, Comrade Promise Ukachukwu said they have been monitoring DLB’s antecedence and his huge investments in youths through the DYF (Dumo Lulu-Briggs Youth Foundation).

Comrade Promise Ukachukwu (M), leader of Young Aspiring Leaders Network (YALN)


Comrade Ukachukwu said the group is convinced DLB is the only one amongst other frontline Rivers politicians that truly understands the importance of youth development and therefore appealed to him to consider taking up the challenge to run for the governorship of Rivers State.

Young Aspiring Leaders Network (YALN) Excos with members of the Liberation Movement

They also formally invited him to address Rivers youths during their youth confab holding on the 14th of September, 2017 at the NUJ secretariat in Port Harcourt.

Amieye Farouk (AKA Baba T), addressing the groups

Receiving both groups separately on behalf of DLB who was out of town, Hon. Okem Okocha the DG. of the Liberation Movement and Amieye Farouk (AKA Baba T) promised to convey their message to the business mogul and urged the youths to maintain their non violent disposition to cause the change they are aspiring for.

Hon. Okem Okocha, DG. of the Liberation Movement

Hon. Okocha thanked them for the visits and urged them to go back and mobilise their members to register with the APC in their wards and also make sure they get their PVCs ready if they seriously desire a change in the leadership of the state.


The All Progressives Congress in Akuku-Toru LGA, on Saturday 29th July, 2017, conducted the APC STATE-WIDE CONGRESS, meant to elect delegates for the party’s forth-coming National delegates Convention.

The Congress which witnessed the presence of party chieftains, Party faithfuls, INEC observers led by Ajiwa Adeye, DSS, Police and Independent observers was peaceful, hitch-free, and successfully conducted. The Media was also handy to cover the event which lasted amidst a heavy downpour.

The Congress, held at the AKULGA multi-purpose hall, saw the emergence of Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Madam Ngoba Karibi Whyte and Chief Dabo Dappa as the elected delegates.

Speaking on behalf of the elected delegates, Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs thanked everyone for their support in making the congress run smoothly and above all the trust reposed on them the elected delegates to represent the LGA at the National Convention; promising that they (the elected delegates) will serve to the best of their abilities. Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs reiterated the fact that as party members, their first responsibility is building the party at the State level under the leadership of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. According to him the new narrative for him is “one God, one party, one State, one leadership and all round victories.”

The exercise, conducted by the APC Delegate Convention Committee was led by Peterside Godwin as Chairman Returning Officer, Allwell Brown Ibifama as Secretary, and Joyce Ali as member; while Hon. Dabiri Tubotamuno, a member of the statutory delegates anchored the congress. Other statutory delegates also present at the congress include Hon. Nicholas Ikiriko (secretary), Hon. Fredericks Alalibo (member).

Congratulations to the newly elected State-wide APC Delegates.




In a move to familiarize with APC leadership in the Senatorial Districts, the APC LGA Chairmen of Rivers West Senatorial District Local Government Chairmen of the party met with Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs on Saturday 8th July, 2017, to deliberate on the ways of working collectively to present the party in the Senatorial District of the State, as an alternative to the governance of the State in 2019.

The meeting centred on ways of fostering the unity of the party at the grassroots.

In their separate speeches, the Chairmen pledged their unalloyed loyalty to Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi the super Minister of Transportation, as the leader of the party in the State. The meeting passed a vote of confidence on the party’s leadership at the State, Senatorial District leadership level and the style of quality leadership adopted by the Ubima born history making politician.

Responding, Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs thanked them for being timely in attending the meeting. He informed them that the party’s victory at the Election Petition Tribunal which aroused the hope and trust that the party is waxing stronger in Rivers East and South-East, will be replicated at the Court of Appeal and advised the Senatorial district party Chairmen to open their arms wide to receive decamping members from other political parties. He also added that regular meetings should be convened at the local Government, wards and units to discuss issues affecting the party and address them squarely and report unresolved issues to the State Executive arm through the proper mediums of the party for quick resolution. Assuring them that this kind of feedback mechanism will further strengthen the existing synergy in the party and will as well serve as precautionary measure to forestall disunity among members. He further reiterated the importance of leaders at the Senatorial level, to always put their communications lines open for proper dissemination of vital progressive information from members as it will serve as a vehicle to reinforce the confidence of the followers with the assurance that his own communication lines are open for contact on ways of moving the party forward.

The Rivers born business tycoon, advised the Chairmen to encourage, mobilize and monitor members to register in the on-going INEC Voters Registration at the Local Government Council Headquarters close to them.

Finally, Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs assured the Chairmen of his Senatorial District of his absolute and unreserved loyalty to building a formidable party structure in partnership with all interested party faithful and encouraged them to prioritize party’s interest above individual interest.