Words cannot express fully the miracle of being able to retire at nights and eventually rise from our subconsciousness to meet the brightness of every new day. How can we ever repay the Almighty God for this grace that we have each enjoyed all through our years of living? I think that what we can do is to testify of His goodness and strive harder to be on a par with His divine ways.
This time of our existence as a people is quite challenging; is it the sorrow that we have to bear for the precious lives we lose almost everyday to the persisting monsters of terrorism and gangsterism? Or is it the hardship that a lot of us have to constantly face due to the biting economic situations? Indeed, the degree of our pains, we cannot measure but because life remains in us, we must continue to look into the future with hope for better days that will surely come.
May the beauty that comes with this month of August not pass us by, may we find strength in each day of this 8th Month to constantly do His works and express unconditional love to friends and family.
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that he did not contest the primaries of the party and also did not contest the governorship election, having openly withdrawn and endorsed the then incumbent, Governor Nyesom Wike.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.
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Children are special gifts from God, and in them we find our main essence as fathers, mothers and guardians. They bring into our homes unconditional love, laughter, and joy.
They are the light that brightens up our path and reinforces our hope for a fulfilling future.
Today like other beautiful days, let us celebrate our wonderful kids and pray for their progress in all aspects of life.
Let us also remember the other children in our society who live in penury; who have nothing to eat. Some are without parents or guardians, they survive on the streets, they are abused and trafficked. We must play even a small part in helping to alleviate those common problems that make our children very vulnerable.
Our children are the most affected by the scourge of poverty in our country. Many are handicapped and face severe discrimination in our society. A lot, especially those who live in rural areas are exposed to high risk of early death due to very poor sewage systems, lack of portable water and sorely deficient healthcare services.
As we celebrate the Children’s Day today, 27th May 2019, let me resound the message that healthcare is too precious to be left to chance, it is too central to life to be left to wealth. Access to treatment should be based on one’s clinical need and not on one’s ability to pay. It is sad that in the midst of abundance, children still go to bed hungry and grow up illiterate. I believe that those children on the streets did not choose to be born into such destitution, so, we cannot abandon them to their fate and leave a breeding ground for violent machinations.
As a nation, let us wake up to the need of making the right to education enforceable. Let us rise up to the task of equipping our children with the tools they need to succeed and survive in this highly competitive 21st century. In our individual homes, may we never relent in our responsibilities of showing them the path to greatness and aiding them accordingly. Together, may we never get tired of making both moral and material contributions and supporting policies that will favor the growth and development of the children.
God bless the Children and God bless our great Nation, Nigeria.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, today gave judgment in favour of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, the ACCORD candidate in the 2019 Governorship election in Rives State.
In a very short Judgment on the appeal CA/120/2019 brought by Chief Dumo Lulu -Briggs, the Court held that the Federal High Court did not have the jurisdiction to hear the matter because it was statute barred having been filed 20 days after the statutory period of 14 days stipulated by the 4th Alteration of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It would be recalled that in the desperation to stop strong opponents in the just concluded elections, one Precious Baridoo allegedly working for the incumbent governor, had gone to court claiming to be the rightful governorship candidate of Accord while also serving as the Rivers State IPAC chairman, a position reserved for state party chairmen.
Today’s ruling of the Appeal Court has fully restored Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as the legitimate Accord governorship candidate although the damage intended by his detractors had been achieved. It is now left for the peace-loving Dumo Lulu-Briggs to decide whether to seek further redress on the matter.
Dason Nemieboka is the spokesman of the Dumo Lulu–Briggs Governorship Campaign Organisation. An award-winning author and Public Relations practitioner, Nemieboka, like a good marksman, always shoot to precision. Though the hustling for the 2019 elections are yet to intensify, Nemieboka is already counting the trophies of victory for his candidate under the Accord Party. He spoke to LEDUM ALFRED, our correspondent.
Please, can you talk to us about the status of your principal as regards Accord Party governorship ticket?
Thank you very much. We are happy with our new party. It is a decent party, and the party manifesto is brilliant. It tallies with the vision of Chief Dumo Lulu–Briggs. So it’s even like God ordered our steps.
You know Chief Dumo is such a peaceful and peace-loving philanthropist who was in the other party which is known for physical might. Then he went to the APC, actually on their invitation. He became the rallying point. He served and followed the leadership like a lamp, but as you know, the philosophy of the leader isn’t competence, character or capacity. So when insincerity, lousy faith, and feudalism became the order of the day, he said no. You can use me, but you cannot take Rivers people for a ride. You can’t insult all the responsible men and women in the party and finally force down your partner on all.
So the man of peace was received with open arms by the party of concord – Accord. And Chief Dumo Lulu–Briggs is the governorship candidate of the Accord party in Rivers State.
But the state Chairman of the party is in court insisting that Lulu–Briggs is not a member of the party and that he isn’t the party’s candidate.
Well, I was taught that it’s rude to respond to a question with another question so I will not ask. Now, I must say that the activities of the former acting Chairman of the Accord Party is unfortunate and shameful. Of course, I am conscious of my pedigree, background and the high responsibility placed on me by my family, alma maters, and my faith so I cannot reduce myself to be so used. But I am Dason Nemieboka, and you are not. If your name matters to you, you will refrain from such actions no matter your need level.
Are you then saying that Precious Barido isn’t the party’s chairman in Rivers State?
I didn’t say so, he did. Remember he went or better put, he was sponsored to go to court, where he claimed that he resigned his chairmanship to contest the governorship primary in October; where he alleged that he was returned unopposed. Then in November, the governorship candidate was involved in an arranged IPAC election from where he emerged as Chairman of IPAC.
You see, when a character is unstable and insincere, it becomes a challenge describing the person. Yes, Mr. Precious was appointed chairman by the national leadership of the party a few years ago, the same authority that replaced him. Now the obsession is the attempt to deny the party it’s chance of producing the next governor of Rivers State in 2019.
Why should a party chairman want to sabotage his party if your claims are true?
I cannot tell, maybe you reach him and get answers from him. But I think it’s pretty clear. The party is seen as a company which generates income.
Are you not worried that such infighting would distract from the goal?
I wish we can discuss more important issues….
I hear he is in court. Let’s see if the judiciary would grant such a ridiculous request.
Do you think Chief Dumo has the luxury of time, seeing that the Accord structure in the state is weak if it exists?
Oh yes, we have time enough to recalibrate the Accord Party and put it in winning ways. What is most important is the product you market. We have a brand that needs no introduction even in Ubima or Omoku. DLB is a goldfish, and those who watched him take a walk are already regretting. When you have a good candidate, he can win on any platform. Chief Dumo Lulu–Briggs can win the governorship on any platform, and he will win it for the Accord Party.
Why do you sound so confident about Chief Dumo Lulu–Briggs’ chances?
Listen, we are talking about someone who has seen Rivers people in all their elements. He understands the people and is equipped to deliver practical and impactful leadership. We are not offering Rivers people ‘Ali and the angels.’ Dumo is the man ordained to deliver, liberate and bless Rivers people from the capitalist entrapment which our political life has become.
We are offering Rivers people a known achiever, a godly leader with a highly compassionate heart. He knows Rivers State and Rivers people love him. If you have such a qualitative product, you will talk as I do.
Do you honestly think that Dumo can defeat the incumbent in a free and transparent election in March 2019?
Sure! Chief Dumo Lulu–Briggs is not just kind and humble which endear him to the masses of the state, DLB is on a divine mission for which he has been adequately trained. This is the set time. We are set for the opportunity. So defeating a government which has for almost four years dribbled, deceived and exploited the people cannot be a challenge.
They are frightened and do expect to contest against an enigma like DLB. That is why they are struggling to stop him ahead of the election. But they have failed. I sincerely believe that Governor Nyesom Wike will be roundly defeated by the governorship candidate of the Accord Party, Chief Dumo Lulu–Briggs in 2019.
What if Pastor Tonye Cole is in the race?
The more, the merrier! We are not stopping him from joining the race for the governorship. It is a contest between the real and the unreal. It is between Rivers men, and the voters know their own. Indeed we would like to see who Rivers people would entrust their mandate to.
The product we market is tried and tested. It has a deep connection with Rivers People, and so if anyone brings his friend, associate or agent you don’t expect same to threaten a true Port Harcourt boy who has paid his dues and understands the challenges, issues and has since developed pragmatic solutions. I am sure you know that if you bring in a product from anywhere it has to be adaptable otherwise it is useless. Rivers people are now moving in one accord and I believe they will elect Chief Dumo Lulu–Briggs governor.