By John Ikani
Lawyer and Oil mogul, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, has emerged as the consensus governorship candidate of the Accord Party in Rivers State.
Dumo, who is the founder of Platform Oil – an indigenous, independent oil and gas exploration and Production Company, – was adopted as the candidate of the party through a voice affirmation at Elekahia Townhall on Tuesday.
Delivering his acceptance speech, Dumo noted that his emergence was not a product of a godfather, adding that he had an edge over the candidates of the two major parties.
“We don’t have a godfather, but we have God the father. What God tells us is that when we win election, we bring everybody together. We shall run an all-inclusive government. We shall remember to put our people first and we are doing so in one accord,” said Dumo.
He thanked the party for the confidence reposed in him, promising to put Rivers people first when he takes over the brick house.
Dumo also promised to unify the state when he becomes governor, saying: “I am very humbled that you found me worthy to be your candidate. It is with humility and fear of God that I accept this nomination.
“You know that the work has just started. Our destination is Brick House 2023. Make no mistakes about that. We have a responsibility to give ourselves the Rivers State of our dream.”
Speaking to newsmen on the conduct of the primary, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee and the National Legal Adviser of Accord Party, Maxwell Mgbudem, said the party adopted consensus as a method of selecting its candidate.
He said: “I am highly impressed by the conduct of the delegates. This shows that there is hope for our country. I wish other parties can emulate us.
“You know that the new Electoral Act provides for three forms of election: direct, indirect and consensus. Today, Rivers people have adopted him as their consensus candidate.”