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.