WELCOME TO THE MONTH OF AUGUST

WELCOME TO THE MONTH OF AUGUST

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.

God bless you.

Dumo Lulu-Briggs

Dumo Lulu-Briggs wins at the Supreme Court

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that he did not contest the primaries of the party and also did not contest the governorship election, having openly withdrawn and endorsed the then incumbent, Governor Nyesom Wike.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

CHILDREN, THE HOPE OF OUR NATION FOR A BETTER FUTURE

CHILDREN, THE HOPE OF OUR NATION FOR A BETTER FUTURE

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.

Happy Children’s Day.

Dumo Lulu-Briggs wins at the Court of Appeal

Dumo Lulu-Briggs wins at the Court of Appeal

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.

A CALL FOR OUTRIGHT CANCELLATION OF THE ILL-FATED MARCH 9, 2019 GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN RIVERS STATE

A CALL FOR OUTRIGHT CANCELLATION OF THE ILL-FATED MARCH 9, 2019 GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN RIVERS STATE

DLB CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION

PRESS RELEASE

March 11, 2019

A CALL FOR OUTRIGHT CANCELLATION OF THE ILL-FATED MARCH 9, 2019 GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN RIVERS STATE

 

The suspension of all election processes in Rivers State as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC must have come to most well-meaning citizens and residents as a relief, considering the widespread outcry and condemnation of the conduct of the March 9, Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections in the state.

 

We commend INEC for the promptness in taking this decision at the time it did given the unfolding ugly situation in Rivers State which was heating up an already volatile political atmosphere. The March 9, elections in the state had not only recorded widespread incidents of disruptions of the electoral processes but has recorded the harassment and intimidation of voters and loss of lives of civilians and security personnel.

 

INECs action truncated the activities of bloodthirsty politicians who were already threatening more violence and bloodshed. The suspension of the electoral processes was a disappointment to the agents of destruction who were already threatening mayhem had INEC not stepped in.

 

From the events that characterized the March 9, 2019 Governorship and Assembly Elections, there is no doubt that INEC did the right and appropriate thing by suspending the electoral processes in Rivers State. This has restored faith and confidence in a process that was marred by violence, thuggery and militarization of the entire process.

 

Based on graphic and detailed reports from our agents across Rivers State, we state as follows that:

 

1. Thugs and cultists, some of them armed with lethal weapons, said to be acting in the interest of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP invaded several voting units, intimidating voters, carting away electoral materials, harassing INEC staff and generating fake results in areas under their forceful control.

 

2. In the same manner, alleged influential supporters and thugs of a hitherto obscure party, the African Action Congress AAC, unleashed terror on the state with the supposed backing of state security agencies. The AAC gang also invaded several voting units under their control, intimidating voters, carting away electoral materials, harassing INEC staff and generating their own version of election results.

 

3. The Rivers State electorate was on March 9, said to be caught between the armed thugs/cultists of the PDP and the state security agencies supporting the AAC.

 

4. Media houses are awash with bizarre stories of abducted, intimidated, harassed INEC staff, held hostage in covert locations and compelled at gun-point to announce results of phantom elections, which in the words of the INEC staff were not true reflections of what transpired at the polling units and collation centers, but results already computed and tabulated by their captors and abductors.

 

5. The persons who perpetrated these wanton destructions of electoral materials, harassment and abduction of electoral officers, disruptions of the electoral process and hijacking of already completed ballots with the intent to mutilate and falsify the results from such areas, acted with audacity, impunity and operated freely in subverting the electoral process and the law of the land.

 

6. The overwhelming presence of the military apparently to check the activities of armed youths and forestall the subversion of the electoral process, created a tensed atmosphere which scared away and discouraged voters and accounted for very low turnout during the elections.

 

Against the backdrop of the these severe discrepancies, which are clear contraventions of the Electoral Law 2010 (as amended) and the regulation and guidelines for the conduct of elections 2019, we hereby demand the following:

 

1. The outright cancellation of the March 9, 2019 Rivers state Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections in Rivers State and rescheduling of the elections within the stipulated timeframe of the Electoral Law.

 

2. The redeployment from the state of all critical staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC who participated and were involved in the March 9 election in Rivers State because of the general trauma they have suffered from their harassment, abduction and intimidation.

 

3. The arrest and prosecution of persons, no matter how highly placed, who were responsible for these electoral frauds that have put Rivers State into disrepute and embarrassed the country.

 

4. We call on patriotic Rivers people to stand up and save the state from the machinations of bloodthirsty politicians and avert the impending gloom and bloodbath which hovers over Rivers state.

 

Rt. Hon. Iyk Oji, JP
Director General

A CALL FOR OUTRIGHT CANCELLATION OF THE ILL-FATED MARCH 9, 2019 ELECTIONS IN RIVERS STATE

A CALL FOR OUTRIGHT CANCELLATION OF THE ILL-FATED MARCH 9, 2019 ELECTIONS IN RIVERS STATE

DLB CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
March 11, 2019

A CALL FOR OUTRIGHT CANCELLATION OF THE ILL-FATED MARCH 9, 2019 GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN RIVERS STATE

The suspension of all election processes in Rivers State as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC must have come to most well-meaning citizens and residents as a relief, considering the widespread outcry and condemnation of the conduct of the March 9, Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections in the state.

We commend INEC for the promptness in taking this decision at the time it did given the unfolding ugly situation in Rivers State which was heating up an already volatile political atmosphere. The March 9, elections in the state had not only recorded widespread incidents of disruptions of the electoral processes but has recorded the harassment and intimidation of voters and loss of lives of civilians and security personnel.

INECs action truncated the activities of bloodthirsty politicians who were already threatening more violence and bloodshed. The suspension of the electoral processes was a disappointment to the agents of destruction who were already threatening mayhem had INEC not stepped in.

From the events that characterized the March 9, 2019 Governorship and Assembly Elections, there is no doubt that INEC did the right and appropriate thing by suspending the electoral processes in Rivers State. This has restored faith and confidence in a process that was marred by violence, thuggery, and militarization of the entire process.

Based on graphic and detailed reports from our agents across Rivers State, we state as follows that:

1. Thugs and cultists, some of them armed with lethal weapons, said to be acting in the interest of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP invaded several voting units, intimidating voters, carting away electoral materials, harassing INEC staff and generating fake results in areas under their forceful control.

2. In the same manner, alleged influential supporters and thugs of a hitherto obscure party, the African Action Congress AAC, unleashed terror on the state with the supposed backing of state security agencies. The AAC gang also invaded several voting units under their control, intimidating voters, carting away electoral materials, harassing INEC staff and generating their own version of election results.

3. The Rivers State electorate was on March 9, said to be caught between the armed thugs/cultists of the PDP and the state security agencies supporting the AAC.

4. Media houses are awash with bizarre stories of abducted, intimidated, harassed INEC staff, held hostage in covert locations and compelled at gunpoint to announce results of phantom elections, which in the words of the INEC staff were not true reflections of what transpired at the polling units and collation centers, but results already computed and tabulated by their captors and abductors.

5. The persons who perpetrated these wanton destructions of electoral materials, harassment and abduction of electoral officers, disruptions of the electoral process and hijacking of already completed ballots with the intent to mutilate and falsify the results from such areas, acted with audacity, impunity and operated freely in subverting the electoral process and the law of the land.

6. The overwhelming presence of the military apparently to check the activities of armed youths and forestall the subversion of the electoral process, created a tensed atmosphere which scared away and discouraged voters and accounted for very low turnout during the elections.

Against the backdrop of these severe discrepancies, which are clear contraventions of the Electoral Law 2010 (as amended) and the regulation and guidelines for the conduct of elections 2019, we hereby demand the following:

1. The outright cancellation of the March 9, 2019 Rivers state Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections in Rivers State and rescheduling of the elections within the stipulated timeframe of the Electoral Law.

2. The redeployment from the state of all critical staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC who participated and were involved in the March 9 election in Rivers State because of the general trauma they have suffered from their harassment, abduction, and intimidation.

3. The arrest and prosecution of persons, no matter how highly placed, who were responsible for these electoral frauds that have put Rivers State into disrepute and embarrassed the country.

4. We call on patriotic Rivers people to stand up and save the state from the machinations of bloodthirsty politicians and avert the impending gloom and bloodbath which hovers over Rivers state.

Rt. Hon. Iyk Oji, JP
Director General

Dumo Lulu-Briggs is still in the gubernatorial race

Dumo Lulu-Briggs is still in the gubernatorial race

Let us join in the quest to liberate Rivers State from the shackles of wicked politicians who want to continue to punish and impoverish our men and women, instigate our youths into violence and bloodshed and deny our children quality education.

Dumo Lulu-Briggs is still in the gubernatorial race by the grace of God, and with the support of Rivers people, victory at the poll is sure.

Come one, come all with your PVC on Saturday 9th March, and vote Accord (A) for Governor of Rivers State and all its candidates for Rivers State House of Assembly; and together we shall triumph and start afresh the process to secure the future of every Rivers man, woman, and child.

Your VOTE is your Power. Please, don’t sell it!

Vote Accord

Vote Accord

A New Day, a New Month, Another Chance to Experience God’s Love and His Grace… Look At Your Life, You will See What GOD Has done. Look Around You, You Will See The Beauty of HIS Works… Celebrate Life cos GOD is Indeed Really Good!!!… Wishing You a Victorious NEW MONTH!!!

With the power of our PVC in one Accord, let us create a peaceful Rivers State that will work for All…

Please Vote Accord (A) for Governor and ALL Accord Candidates for House Assembly positions in the 9th of March elections.

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#Vote4Jobs
#VoteOnenessAndProgress
#RiversState
#DumoGoDoMore

DUMO LULU-BRIGGS REMAINS ACCORD GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE DESPITE HIGH COURT JUDGEMENT

DUMO LULU-BRIGGS REMAINS ACCORD GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE DESPITE HIGH COURT JUDGEMENT

DLB CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION

PRESS RELEASE

February 28, 2019

Dumo Lulu-Briggs remains Accord Governorship Candidate despite High Court Judgement

The Dumo Lulu-Briggs Campaign Organization has received the news of the judgement of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt concerning the identity of the authentic governorship candidate of Accord in Rivers State; and states as follows that:

1. The matter before the court was not about the Rivers State Accord eligibility to be on the ballot for the 2019 governorship election but about who is the legitimate governorship candidate. The Rivers State Accord therefore remains on the ballot.

2. The judgement delivered by Justice E.A. Obile of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt did not come to us as a surprise because the learned trial judge did not hide his bias throughout the duration of the hearing, which led to the early request for his lordship to recuse himself and the subsequent withdrawal of Wilcox Abereton SAN, counsel to Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, when his lordship decided to continue with the case.

3. A petition has since been written to the National Judicial Council against the trial judge on the matter. The entire judgement has no legal standing because the defendants in the case were not given the opportunity for fair hearing and were not given the opportunity to replace their counsel who withdrew from the case.

4. The Dumo Lulu-Briggs campaign organization is not unaware of the shenanigan and evil machinations of governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Governor Nyesom Wike, to use the courts, which has been severally described as “Wike’s Supermarket” to knock out strong contenders in the governorship race.

5. Nyesom Wike’s connection in this dubious act is buttressed by the fact that Mr. Precious Baridoo’s counsel Wori N. Wori Esq is from the law firm of E.C. Aguma SAN, the deceased immediate past Attorney General to Nyesom Wike. Furthermore, Mr. Precious Baridoo got ‘elected’ as Rivers IPAC Chairman months after his purported nomination as Accord governorship candidate, a position known to be occupied only by the cronies of the governor.

6. Recently, during the PDP Presidential rally in Port Harcourt, Precious Baridoo did not only declare support for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, he led 56 so-called governorship candidates to step down for Governor Wike and endorsed him for a second term. The said Precious Baridoo, who has since been disowned by the Accord National Working Committee, was appointed into the Caretaker Committee of Khana Local Government Area by the Wike-led PDP government.

7. Our faith in the Nigerian Judiciary cannot be diminished by the obvious miscarriages of a few. We are focused and ready to not just vacate this scandalous judgement but obtaining the mandate which Rivers people are eager to offer Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs.

8. Our legal team has filed an appeal and a stay of execution and so Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs remains the governorship candidate of Accord in Rivers State.

9. The aim of the sponsors of this judicial miscalculation to stop Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs and deny the Rivers electorate the much-needed quality governance that the Accord represents shall be disgraced at the end. We therefore call on all our supporters and the good people of Rivers State to remain resolute and focused.

10. The members and supporters of Rivers Accord should go about their lawful businesses assured that light always triumphs over darkness.

 

Sotonye Ijuye-Dagogo
Director of Communication