By Mark A. Upaa
Embattled governorship candidate of the Accord Party, AP, in Rivers State, High Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, has said he substituted Nelson Amieye, as the flag bearer of the party and not Sir Precious Baridoo, who is only attempting to blacklist him, while garnering “cheap popularity for himself”.
High Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs made the clarification yesterday, following the suit before a Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State instituted by Baridoo, who is contending that he and not High Chief Briggs be declared the guber candidate of the party for the 2019 Rivers governorship polls.
Briggs in a statement by Sotonye Dagogo, Director of Communications, Dumo Media Campaign Organisation, alleged that Baridoo never bought an expression of interest or nomination forms for the position of a governorship candidate under the auspices AP He said, “The claim that Baridoo duly resigned his position as Accord Party Chairman to contest the October 4 governorship primaries of the party is false. “On-going investigation suggests that Baridoo concocted his emergence as Rivers AP governorship candidate on October 4, 2018, even when he proceeded to contest and emerged Chairman, Rivers State Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, on November, 2018, a position he holds till date.
“We are in possession of the letter by the Rivers Accord Party dated December 3, 2018 by David Sunday as Secretary, in which Baridoo was congratulated for emerging the Chairman of IPAC, a position he can only contest as state chairman of a political party.” Briggs also regretted that Baridoo failed to exhaust the internal mechanism as provided by the Constitution of the party for conflict resolution before running to court, adding that High Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs was duly nominated by the party, and this position was subsequently forwarded to the National Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, which has him dully registered as the authentic AP guber candidate.