(By Silas Tamuno) – Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs says his aspiration to contest the March 9. 2019 governorship election on the platform of Accord party and become the next governor of Rivers State remains on course in spite of the ruling of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 28 February, 2019, saying that he is not the governorship candidate of Accord party and should therefore not parade himself as such.
Speaking at a media chat on Friday in Port Harcourt, Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs explained that their legal team has promptly filed a Notice of Appeal and a motion of Stay of Execution of the judgment of Justice E. A. Obile, and that they were sure that the Court of Appeal will do justice by setting aside the judgment of the Federal High Court to enable him participate in the election.
He recalled: “I was the recognized and officially endorsed Rivers State governorship candidate of Accord both by the National Working Committee and leadership of the party and by the Independent National Electoral Commission,” adding that his nomination as the Rivers State Governorship candidate of Accord followed and met all established due processes as stipulated by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Electoral Act.
Unshaken by the turn of events, the Kalabari born politician hinted that Precious Barido, the petitioner in the case does not aspire to be Rivers State governor but was being used to destabilize the party in the state, just as he disclosed that that national executive of Accord party has stated that the petitioner did not procure the expression of intent and governorship nomination forms of the party.
“No proof that INEC issued him with form CF001, which is the document given to officially nominated party candidates. National Executive has said that his emergence as governorship candidate of Accord is not known to it and it did not conduct or authorize any such primary election in which Baridoo purportedly emerged”, he further explained, emphasizing that it was laughable that the same Precious Barido, who claimed to have resigned as Rivers State Accord chairman to contest the October 4, 2018 governorship primaries could be elected a month after (in November 2018) as the State Chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council, a position reserved only for party chairmen.