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.
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.
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.
Again one is inclined to respond to the absolutely baseless statement by the soon to be retired politician and Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr. Felix Obuah, and released by his multi-purpose aide, Jerry Nedaam.
This time the PDP chairman is spreading falsehood to the effect that the Accord in Rivers State is not campaigning. Even when the statement is untrue and all know it so, sane minds would shudder that a party chairman worthy of his office would bother himself about the political activities of a rival party. As politicians we understand the worries of Mr. Obuah. We sympathize with him because his promise to his boss that he would stop Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs from the governorship election on Saturday March 2nd has failed.
The fear of Felix Obuah and his principal is that the Accord governorship candidate, Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs will defeat the PDP candidate clear and square. Mr. Obuah is aware that the Accord revolution is massive, sweeping across not just the Orashi region, where hundreds of PDP members are joining the Accord.
As Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs would say, “When they go low, we go higher.” The PDP should focus on their crowd renting campaigns while we reach our people and let’s meet at the polls on March 2nd.
In Adanta, Isiokpo of Rivers state on Saturday the 12th of January 2019; alongside a host of other dignitaries, highly revered politicians and notable elites, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs paid his last respects to a man of timber and calibre, political activist, philanthropist par excellence, business mogul and a renowned statesman, Chief Maxwell Tasie Amadi, The Eze-Igo 1 of Isiokpo.
The Rivers state gubernatorial candidate of the Accord party joined other politicians in the state to recognize and celebrate the life of Chief Maxwell Tasie Amadi, which was spent in service to God and humanity. Isiokpo community went agog with festivities and celebrations. Her indigenes celebrated the life of a man who had represented them excellently in the state, nationally and internationally.
Our attention has been drawn to several news reports published in some national papers, in which a certain Mr. Precious Baridoo has gone to court to claim that he is the Rivers State Governorship candidate of the Accord Party.
While we do not wish to join issues with the said Mr. Precious Baridoo over his claims, especially since the matter is now before a court of competent jurisdiction, we do however wish to state our position clearly and categorically as it concerns our Principal, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, who has been mentioned in the matter as follows:
1. That the said Precious Baridoo was appointed as Ag. Chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the Accord Party by the National Executive Council of the Party in 2014.
2. That on October 4, 2018, the National Working Committee of the Accord Party, in accordance with its party constitution duly produced by Consensus, Mr. Nelson Amieye, who emerged as the Rivers State Accord Party Governorship candidate for the 2019 elections.
3. That Mr. Nelson Amieye was legally and legitimately substituted with Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, as the Rivers State Accord Party Governorship Candidate, when he, Nelson Amieye, voluntarily relinquished his nomination through a sworn affidavit deposed by him, in the window for substitution of candidates provided by INEC for political parties.
4. That the National Working Committee has duly submitted the name of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as the substantive and legitimate Rivers State Governorship candidate of the Accord Party for the 2019 general elections.
We have it on good authority that Mr. Precious Baridoo did not buy the expression of intent and nomination forms for the Rivers State governorship election under the Accord Party for the 2019 elections.
We are also in possession of incontrovertible facts that the claims that Mr. Precious Baridoo duly resigned his position as Accord Party Chairman to contest the October 4, Governorship primaries of the party, is patently and administratively false.
Ongoing investigation suggests that Mr. Precious Baridoo concocted the narrative of his emergence as Rivers Accord party governorship candidate on October 4, 2018, even when he proceeded to contest and emerged as Chairman of Rivers State IPAC in November, 2018, a position he holds to date.
We refer to a purported letter issued by the Rivers State Accord Party, dated December 3, 2018 and signed by one David Ashipa Sunday (JP) as Secretary, Accord Party, Rivers State, in which the Chairman Precious Baridoo was congratulated for emerging the Rivers State Chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC – a position he can only contest as the state chairman of a political party.
We are at a loss to fathom how a man who claims to have resigned as Accord Party Chairman to contest the October 4, governorship primaries, can in November present himself as the same Accord Party Chairman who contested the IPAC election and emerged as Chairman.
Did he turn back the hands of time? Can this therefore not be described as a case of grand forgery and willful impersonation by Mr. Precious Baridoo, who obviously must have been contracted by some dubious forces to carry out this nefarious act?
Without interfering with the matter already before the Court, we state unequivocally that following from our own investigations, for which we have concrete documentary evidence, that Mr. Precious Baridoo has no locus whatsoever to go to court over an election he did not contest.
His action, in our opinion is driven by a mischievous and a devious intent to carry out the dubious machinations of those who are afraid of the growing strength and pedigree of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs and the Accord Party as we approach the 2019 general elections.
Furthermore, the Constitution of the Accord Party provides internal mechanism for conflict resolution which Precious Baridoo did not exhaust before running to court.
Our position on this matter is very clear. Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs is the substantive and legitimate Rivers State Governorship candidate of the Accord party for the 2019 general elections. His name has been duly submitted to INEC by the National Working Committee of the party and the position of the law is very clear on this matter. Precious Baridoo has never been the Rivers State Accord party governorship candidate. This is our stand.
Long Live Accord Party
God Bless Rivers State
Director of Communications
DLB Campaign Organization.
Rivers state Accord Party governorship candidate, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs has pledged to make the education of Rivers youths and the next generation of Rivers state children the prime responsibility of his administration, when he becomes the governor of Rivers state in 2019.
Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs made this pledge, when the leadership of the entire Rivers State students community paid him a courtesy call, at his campaign office in Port Harcourt, even as he stressed that the commitment to educating, empowering and building youth capacity was his main motivation for contesting the 2019 elections.
The Rivers state Accord Party Gubernatorial candidate, who decried the debilitating state of public schools in Rivers State and lamented the unfortunate situation where bursaries and other forms of assistance and opportunities have been denied students of tertiary institutions, assured the group that one cardinal point of his government, when given the mandate by Rivers people, would be the revamping and reinvigorating of all state schools and educational institutions in the state.
He said: “I live for the young people. You are the reason why I am contesting this election. The election of 2019 is about you. It is about your future. The only reason you will want to vote for Dumo Lulu-Briggs is because you believe that the Government of Dumo Lulu-Briggs will translate into an improvement of your living standards,” he charged them.
Speaking further, the popular Rivers politician recalled how the Rivers state of old was a place where young people drew inspiration and followed up their dreams because the society was caring and gave the young people hope, adding that in those days the institutions were effective and as an undergraduate at the Ahmadu Bello University he never had to bother about his bursary because the then Rivers state government made sure that his bursary was paid promptly and regularly, a situation which was a far cry from what obtains in Rivers State today.
“I did my University first degree at Ahmadu Bello University and for the whole four years I spent in Maiduguri, I never came to Port Harcourt once to ask for my bursary. My bursary was paid to me right there in Maiduguri. In this same Rivers state. So I was astounded when you talked about no bursary, no opportunities. I can understand what you mean because if I didn’t get the opportunities I would not be where I am today. Rivers state was caring in those days.
“We may not be able to rekindle the society of old but we must do the most we can to care especially for those who live in the shadows of life.
“It is not how much money we have saved up in bank accounts that will guarantee you a decent future. It is the institutions we strengthen that will hold all your aspirations. So for me as Dumo Lulu-Briggs, I have sworn eternal fidelity to the pursuit of a just cause for every Rivers Man, woman and child,” he promised.
Harping more on the nature of governance and the need for Rivers people, particularly the young people to get involved as volunteers and participants in the political and election process, Dumo Lulu-Briggs took a swipe at the present leadership which has not only failed to empathise with the people but has sadly displayed the incapacity to harness the enormous potentials inherent in Rivers State.
He said: “People in government can no longer simulate a grief they do not feel and an affection they do not bear. But you will also not blame them as they have done the best they can so we must not begrudge anybody for the situation we have found ourselves in. However, we have a responsibility to recover our state and give back to us that which God has given to us.
“Rivers people and Rivers state has enormous potentials and you have to take ownership of this elections. You are not just voting for Dumo Lulu-Briggs You must take it as though each and every one of us is on the ballot and that when you cast your votes you are actually voting for your future. And when we get into government, our scorecard will not only be for the number of roads we have built but most importantly, for the number of people we have taken out of poverty into prosperity. The education of every Rivers person is an irreducible minimum. It is an enforceable right for every Rivers person to be educated by the Rivers state government.
“The suffering in the land is too much. People need a government that will work for every Rivers man, woman and child. We know exactly the issues that confront us today and we have a clear vision of how to get us out of where we are today into that prosperity that all of us so badly desire. I thank God that I know the things to do and I have the desire to do the things that must be done,” he said confidently.
While urging them to always be prayerful for the divine guidance and protection for those who are willing to offer proper leadership to the people, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs assured the students that he will run an accessible government which would not only listen to the students, but most importantly ensure that as leaders of tomorrow, appropriate structures would be put in place to prepare them both for leadership and for the future, even as he promise to address some of their immediate needs as a demonstration of the commitment to their requests and pledged that he would as a leader, subdue his passion and control his appetite, stressing that it is time to do the peoples work and he would take that work seriously.
Earlier, the heads of the delegation of over 100 Rivers state student leaders who came for the courtesy visit had intimated Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs of some of the challenges which the students faced, including harassment, victimization, mobilization and mobility, non-payment of bursaries despite the state being one of the richest in Nigeria, shabby treatment of students by successive governments over time and the deliberate bureaucratic frustrations students encounter in their efforts to interact with the leadership of the state, the insecurity in the campuses and how students lives are put in danger, as well as the decaying infrastructure in most state universities amongst other issues raised.
The Rivers state students leaders recalled the wonderful philanthropic works of High Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs especially in areas such as education, health and human capacity development through skills acquisitions and training, and equally applauded the good works of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, particularly in his contributions to youth development through programs like the Google Training, the various outreaches of the Dumo Lulu-Briggs Youth Foundation (DYF23) towards students training, paying of school fees, accessibility to JAMB and WAEC forms, and all round students development, training and welfare amongst others.
They then pledged their readiness to support the Accord Party candidate by ensuring that all nooks and crannies of Rivers State campuses will be canvassed and students will be conscientized to ensure victory, adding that they would work hard to make sure all those who have PVC’s, who vote in Rivers State will vote Accord party, and while assuring that it was now time to fight for a better future for the Rivers State youth, praised Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs who they described as a leader and not just an ordinary politician, and expressed their unshakable belief that with Dumo Lulu-Briggs as governor the lot of the Rivers State students and youths will be positively revolutionized through dedicated policies aimed at equipping the youths with all tools and skills to compete favorably worldwide in bringing up creative, innovative, ground breaking results in all sectors of the Nigerian society, all of which would help mould youths that will make Rivers State a proud state.
Highlight of the meeting between Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs and the delegation of the student community of Rivers State, which was made up of reputable heads of organisations, heads of campuses and national leaders and led by past Student Union Government President of University of Port Harcourt, Comrade Chukwu Endwell, who was also the spokesman of the group, President of the National Union of Rivers State students (NURSS) Comrade Patrick Ogbuehi, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) leader, Comrade David Barineka, as well as the present SUG President of the University of Port Harcourt, Comrade Loveday ThankGod Sobari, amongst others, was the observance of a one minute silence in memory of High Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, the father of Dumo Lulu-Briggs, who passed on recently.
Rivers State Accord Party Governorship candidate, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, has congratulated the people of Ogoni, on the auspicious celebration of the 2019 Ogoni Day.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued and signed by the spokesperson of the Dumo Lulu-Briggs Campaign Organization, Mr. Dason Nemieboka, who equally wished the Ogonis a Happy New Year and a Successful celebration.
The statement reads: “The Dumo Lulu-Briggs Campaign Organization, on behalf of our principal, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, heartily congratulates our Ogoni brothers and sisters on the auspicious celebration of the 2019 Ogoni Day and also extends our profound greetings to the entire Ogoni nation, even as we wish you Happy New Year and a successful celebration.
“On January 4, 1993, the Ogoni ethnic nationality rose with one voice, as The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, to pronounce the Ogoni Day and launch the struggle for a redress of their plight with respect to the exploitation of their natural resources through a comprehensive campaign for social, economic and environmental justice through nonviolence.
“The Ogoni struggle, as championed by the late environmental rights crusader Ken Saro Wiwa and other prominent Ogoni patriots, is a watershed; a worthy and worthwhile endeavour; an eloquent continuation of the struggles by earlier icons of the advocacy like the late Chief Dappa Biriye, the late Isaac Adaka Boro and others. The entire Niger Delta and all people of goodwill are therefore in partnership with Ogoni. You can never walk alone on this.
“The spirit of resilience, industry, dynamism and love, founded on the principles of peace, justice, equity and fairness, which have always been synonymous with the Ogoni is commendable and we call on the Ogoni people on this occasion of the 2019 Ogoni Day Celebration to join hands with their other Rivers brothers and sisters, especially at this auspicious time in our political history to accelerate the actualization of the dreams of a better Rivers State.
“Finally, we wish to, on behalf of our principal, express our heartfelt appreciation to the leadership of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) for making the great leaders of Ogoni land who came together in 1993, to celebrate the first ever Ogoni Day proud, and sustaining the tenets and spirit of the struggle for over two decades.
“We call on you to share our vision that a better Rivers State every Man, Woman and Child in Rivers State is possible.
“Congratulations and Happy Ogoni Day Celebrations.