- He would concentrate on governance and leave politics to the party leadership.
- His candidature would split the Rivers PDP and unite the Rivers APC
“Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs is the best candidate for Rivers State APC in 2019 and the only candidate that can defeat incumbent Gov. Nyesom Wike”. This was the conclusion reached by a “Committee of Like Minds”, a political think tank of experienced Rivers State politicians and senior citizens at the end of their meeting held to mark the 54th birthday of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Port Harcourt.
The “Committee Like Minds” made up mainly of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had assembled to brainstorm on the 2019 governorship election as part of activities marking the birthday of the APC stalwart, a businessman and humanist, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs.
Led by their chairman, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Iyk Oji, the committee said “there is no better way of honouring Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs on his birthday than to dedicate the day to searching for deep answers to the Rivers State political question.
“After the just concluded Congresses of the APC which reaffirmed the indisputable leadership of the party under the Minister of Transformation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, it is pertinent that the leader is assisted in making the right political decision pertaining to the choice of a gubernatorial flag bearer.
“What Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi needs is a governor that would concentrate on governance and leave politics to the party leadership to handle and Dumo Lulu-Briggs is the man to trust for the job” the Committee concluded.
Comparing Dumo Lulu-Briggs with other known, APC aspirants, the “Committee of Like Minds” said he is ahead of the pack.
“There is no politician that can rally Kalabari people like Dumo, in fact the day he is announced the APC candidate, the entire political calculation would change from Delta, through Bayelsa, to Rivers and Akwa Ibom states. Ijaws would re-adjust their political leaning in favour of this man of character and compassion.
“Dumo Lulu-Briggs’ candidature would split the Rivers PDP and most aggrieved APC members would see Dumo as the reason to remain and fight for the party. Dumo Lulu-Briggs’ candidature would remove the rug under the feet of Wike and reunite the APC”.
The “Committee of Like Minds” said they are committed to the Dumo Lulu-Briggs’ candidature because “We are extremely worried that Rivers State that was once the envy of Nigerians on account of its peaceful ambience; beautiful/high culture and the general material well being, has lost its glory. The Rivers of Possibilities is now Rivers of Blood.
“Gone are the days when Port Harcourt (the garden city) was the preferred destination for most Nigerians and Multinationals. Gone are the days when students from other states flooded the Rivers State to enjoy its free and quality education.
“Gone are the days when the Rivers man and woman held his/her head up with pride. Rivers State is now known for all the wrong reasons: Political killings; poor and brash political leadership, impunity, insecurity, sprawling poverty and general disorder.
“The average Rivers person has been traumatized and impoverished and has lost self-esteem. The happiness and economic wellbeing of the individual Rivers person have taken the back seat in governance. Our people are poor and homeless; the elderly are abandoned; our youths are jobless and our children are out of school. These are the reasons we want a level-headed person like Dumo Lulu-Briggs to take over governance in 2019”.
The “Committee of Like Minds” lamented that instead of facing the issues squarely and seeking solutions to these fundamental problems, Gov. Wike is engrossed in politics and plays to the gallery. They said that the level to which governance has nosedived is appalling, saying that mediocrity has become the hallmark of governance in Rivers State, particularly the loud celebration of routine projects by the Nyesom Wike-led government.
“We are scandalized by how the Rivers State Governor claims to have conceived and built the old ” Produce House ” and the “Waterline House”, whereas these were built by the then Eastern Nigeria Government and the Alfred Diette-Spiff’s government respectively.
“Governor Wike commissions these and other projects without the slightest reference to the original initiators. How on earth would Gov. Wike resurface and commission Abacha Road with fanfare, mount giant billboards in self-praise without the decency of acknowledging that Abacha Road was conceived and opened up by the Ada-George-led government and constructed with interlocking stones by the Odili government? This is to us dishonest, coming from a person holding such an exalted position and should govern by good example”.
The “Committee of Like Minds” said that the Rivers State APC leadership should not take lightly the frantic misinformation program of the current Rivers State government and the vulnerability of the impoverished electorate. All efforts must be made to neutralize the incumbent government’s propaganda.
Highlighting the qualities of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, the “Committee of Like Minds” said that he is coming with a vast array of experience as an entrepreneur and visionary to galvanize changes and make Rivers State great again.
“The Dumo that we know is passionate about helping the less- privileged around him. Always, seeking ways to meaningfully reach out to the needy. He once said that ‘ Each time I do such, it gives me inner peace and joy knowing I am putting smiles on the faces of people and helping to give them hope for tomorrow. The rich amongst us must understand that we are only custodians of wealth and should therefore use it to uplift and better the lives and situations of those around us’.
“The Dumo that we now will use the available resources for everybody; creating opportunities for all and caring, especially for those who are truly in need. He would bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and strike a balance with our resources”.
“Dumo believes that governance should move Rivers State forward and liberate the people from the shackles of poverty, joblessness and hopelessness that presently pervade the land”.
He says that “Rivers state is very rich, yet our people are poor, jobless and restive. That means something is wrong”.
DLB believes that there is need for all Rivers people to unite and save the state and put an end to divisiveness and polarization.
He believes that political leadership and government should create opportunities for everybody living in the state. Rivers State needs to be great again.
On the current sordid situation in Rivers State, Dumo once wrote:
“The political parties in Rivers State are directly culpable in tone, rhetoric and activity, but even more so are those of us who advocate passivity at this time in our dear Rivers State where every mother knows yet another mother who has just lost a child. Most of us see what is happening in the State as the headache of the political gladiators when in essence it is the loss of our common pride, our common opportunity, our common future.
“Look around you, what is left of Rivers State as we used to know it as young men growing up? In the Nigeria of my robust memory, every Nigerian who wanted a second home or a primary home outside of his own State did so in Port Harcourt. It was the Garden City, the city built upon the hills with the most accommodating, hospitable and sociable people on the face of our planet. Port Harcourt was the economic hub of the South-South and South-East that had better relations with the rest of Nigerians in terms of their investment preferences. Lagos was threatened by our increasing strength as an investment destination for Nigerian and other investors.
“Where are we today? We are not just a shadow of our past but a mirror image of shame. The local economy is dead; bread and butter has taken flight; our children are illiterate and go to bed hungry; our homes are broken as breadwinners can no longer find bread to win home; our young, our youth, the face and future of our State have in their millions become destitute and embracing of cults and every conceivable crime. Guns and knives and machetes are now more endearing to our youth than books and shovels and hoes.
“We can say this is a product of leadership but it is equally the complete absence of an ‘elite consensus’ that should on the one hand define the limits of political gerrymandering and desperation and the articulation and advocating of progressive economic policies and activity on the other hand.
“Let our error be that we woke up late to the realities of our current environment and our responsibility as the elite and not that we refused or failed to wake-up at all. And the wake-up time is now not later. Let me remind us that “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
“Politics must be played without bitterness; opportunities must be created and open to all. We must be accommodating of one another in a way that makes us socially cohesive” Dumo Lulu-Briggs concluded.
The “Committee of Like Minds” therefore congratulates Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs on his 54th birthday and strongly recommeds him to the APC leadership and to Rivers people as the only person that can defeat Governor Wike in 2019.
Some members of the “Committee of Like Minds” include: Dr. Nnanna Onyekwere, Mr. Zubi Nwuke, Mr. Eugene Odey, Hon. Okem Okocha and Mrs. Uzor Abueh. The chairman, Iyk Oji was the Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly in the 3rd republic. #