The Accord Party governorship candidate in Rivers State, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs has told political leaders and those who hold leadership positions to work for the benefit of the citizenry because power comes only from God, even as he assured the people of Etche that the welfare and infrastructural development of the area will be one of his paramount considerations when he becomes governor of Rivers state, in 2019.

Chief Lulu-Briggs gave this charge during the Thanksgiving Service to mark the 84th Birthday Ceremony and 42nd Ascension Anniversary of the Ochimba Of Umuanyagu Town, Eze Godwin Onyeche Amadi, at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Umuanyagu, Etche LGA, Rivers state, on Sunday, December 27, 2018.

Speaking at the well attended thanksgiving service, the Accord Party governorship candidate congratulated the Ochimba of Umuanyagu, describing him as a revered traditional ruler who is not only known for his humility, simplicity, fear of God and respect for others, but also as a paramount traditional ruler who has used his position to bring sustainable peace, development, harmony and unity to his community and ensured peaceful coexistence between Umuanyagu kingdom and their neighbours, over the years. Lulu-Briggs called on other rulers and leaders to emulate the shinning example of Eze Godwin Amadi.

The Accord party governorship candidate told the congregation that power comes from God and whoever finds him or herself in power, should use it for the benefit of the people and development of the communities, just as the Eze has been doing for 42 years, even as he informed them that his quest for the governorship of Rivers state is driven by his desire to secure the future of Rivers children, improve the lives of the people and make Rivers state a better place for every man, woman and child, pledging to give Etche prominent attention when he gets into power.

According to him, “We are going into office by the special grace of God and we will learn from the example of our father that the reason why God is enthroning us is to remember that power belongs to God and not to use the authority against others”.

Lulu-Briggs appreciated Etche people for their warm reception and promised never to forget them while in office, saying that he would always emulate the way of life of His Royal Highness, especially his humility and respect for people, which have been the hallmark of his meritorious reign for over four decades.

“We will not take this privilege and honour you have given us for granted. We are going to serve you, and make sure that Umuanyagu town and indeed the whole of Etche kingdom will be given the pride of place you deserve in a united and peaceful Rivers state” he assured the people.

High points of the Thanksgiving celebrations included the cutting of the anniversary cake, colourful display of cultural dances and masquerades performances to mark the double celebration of Eze Godwin Onyeche Amadi.

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, who was welcomed to the event with pomp, fanfare and the traditional cannon shooting, was accompanied in his entourage by distinguished Rivers men and women, as well as stalwarts, members and candidates of the Accord party, including the candidate for the Rivers East Senatorial District, Barr. Azubuike Nwuke, amongst others.

David Diai
Port Harcourt

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