By Mark A. Upaa
Barely 24-hours after a Federal High court sitting in Port Harcourt, threw both contending factions of the Rivers State ALL PROGRESSIVES PARTY (APC) into confusion, another gladiator for the Brick House is beign dragged before the law courts. The Accord Party, AP, in Rivers State has also been hit by crisis over who flies its governorship flag in the 2019 election.
Sir Precious Baridoo, in a suit yesterday, filed before a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt is contending that he and not High Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs is the authentic candidate of the Accord Party for the Gubernatorial contest being held in the state next month. Baridoo alleged he was duly nominated at the party’s governorship primaries on October 4, 2018 before he was illegally substituted with Lulu Briggs who, he claimed, didn’t participate in the party’s governorship primaries.
It will be recalled that Lulu-Briggs, who was among the contenders for the Rivers 2019 APC governorship ticket suddenly defected from the APC to emerge AP flag bearer after Pastor /Architect Tonye Cole was nominated the Rivers APC candidate ahead of the now contentious primaries. At the hearing in the case, yesterday, Wori Wori, counsel to Baridoo, said Lulu-Briggs and another politician who were not members of Accord Party, allegedly substituted the name of the plaintiff without following due process.
The court adjourned the matter till January 17, 2019 for definite hearing in the suit on who will represent Accord Party as governorship candidate in Rivers State. High Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, speaking through the spokesman of his campaign team, Dawson Nemieboka, described the development as an exercise in futility. He further said “There is no crisis in Accord Party in Rivers State. If there is, it exist only in the imagination of the architects of this fallacy and their agents. The only candidate of the party for the governorship election in March is High Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs. “He is the candidate and there are no issues with his candidature. The Dumo-Lulu Briggs Campaign Organisation and indeed the Accord Party will not be distracted by the unscrupulous and desperate falsehood dished out by charlantans and their willing agents.”