I am still in the race for 2019 governorship … Dumo Lulu-Briggs

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Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, a frontline governorship aspirant in the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that his 2019 governorship aspiration to occupy the Brick House is still very much on course. The assertion by the grassroots politician, philanthropist and businessman came on the heels of the rumoured endorsement of Architect Tonye Dele Cole for the governorship race by the leader of the party in the state, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

Dumo Lulu-Briggs

This is as the “Rivers True Conscience”, a fledgling group within the APC in a publication disowned Arch. Tonye Cole and dissociated itself from his endorsement by the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi.

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs in his statement said that he is unable to concede to the purported endorsement of Arch. Tonye Dele Cole because he needed to consult with his teeming supporters before he could reach such a major decision.

The Kalabari-Ijaw politician said:

““My interest in the governorship seat of Rivers State was not a hasty decision. It has spanned over a decade; built on consultations and supported by people who have volunteered because of our extensive engagements and consultations and their dreams of a greater, more prosperous Rivers State.

”My aspiration has acquired a status that is beyond Dumo Lulu-Briggs. It is therefore in this respect that we are unable to make a definitive statement at this point in time, considering that we have to consult and inform our supporters about the August 30th endorsement of Arch. Tonye Cole by our leader” he said.

Lulu-Briggs thanked the leadership of the Rivers State Chapter of the APC for their contributions in building a big and strong party, saying that his decision would make the party even bigger and stronger.

The decision by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs to keep his aspiration alive did not come as a surprise to political observers who opined that the rumoured endorsement of Arch. Tonye Cole, a non-party man, was an extreme case of insensitivity.

Architect Tonye Dele Cole

On its part, the “Rivers True Conscience” in a Press Release that is circulating on the social media claimed that Arch. Tonye Cole was not a full-blooded Rivers man and that his candidature would spell doom for the APC because he was endorsed by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi purely on business considerations.

Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi

“He is simply a friend and business partner or associate to Rt. Hon. Chubuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON who by all means wants to continue their business interest brought him and imposing him on Rivers people as possible Governor of Rivers State.

“Tonye Cole cannot be a candidate consideration for Kalabari people, Kalabari and Rivers people know their own except it is another Ikwerre plot to as usual undermine the Kalabari people and make them a laughing stock by Rivers people” the Rivers True Conscience said.

However, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has denied endorsing any governorship aspirant for the APC ahead of the 2019 governorship election in Rivers State.

In a statement issued by his media office, the Minister described his rumoured endorsement of a governorship aspirant as “wild, misleading and misguided”. Rt. Hon. Amaechi said that while he has the right to support any aspirant of his choice, the party candidates for the 2019 elections will be elected at the various congresses designed for those activities.

 

Below is the full statement of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs.

RIVERS APC IS BIGGER AND STRONGER

Our party leaders and members expect me to state my position on the Thursday August 30, 2019 endorsement of Arch Tonye Dele Cole by the leader of our party in Rivers State and the South South, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi

I congratulate the leadership of the APC in the State, our vibrant party members and very particularly our leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi for transforming our great party in the state to a bigger and stronger political party. I appreciate the enormous sacrifices of our leader in making the APC the party to beat in the 2019 elections and his acknowledgement that I have strongly supported his every effort in building the APC in Rivers State the moment I joined.

My interest in the governorship seat of Rivers State was not a hasty decision. It has spanned over a decade; built on consultations and supported by people who have volunteered because of our extensive engagements and consultations and their dreams of a greater, more prosperous Rivers State. My aspiration has acquired a status that is beyond Dumo Lulu-Briggs. It is therefore in this respect that we are unable to make a definitive statement at this point in time, considering that we have to consult and inform our supporters about the August 30th endorsement of Arch. Tonye Cole by our leader.

Let me however in this interim statement, reaffirm my unequivocal belief in the unity of our great party, the APC and my unalloyed loyalty to our leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, whose favourite mantra is the scripture that says “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this: that power belongeth unto God” (Psalm 62:11).

Let me assure the party that our final position on this matter shall enhance the gains of our great party, the APC in Rivers State and make it even bigger and stronger.

We do this believing that the will of God in my life and the lives of each and every one of us shall surely happen. Let none of my supporters therefore despair and let none be disrespectful of the party, its membership and our great leader.

Praise God, for He alone is worthy.

Happy New Month.

Dumo Lulu-Briggs

L-R: Chief Ibim Briggs; Dr. Patrick Dele-Cole, Dumo Lulu-Briggs

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