A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress in Rivers State, Dumo Lulu-Briggs has stated that the endorsement of Tonye Cole by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, is the minister only expressing his support for his preferred candidate, saying that he is still in the race for the gubernatorial position.
Chief Lulu-Briggs in a statement made available to theportcitynews on Wednesday, stated that he is still in the race, saying that rumours circulating about his withdrawal are false.
My attention has been drawn to insinuations in some political circles within the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that I, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs has conceded and withdrawn from the 2019 governorship race. I state emphatically and unequivocally that it is a complete falsehood that I have withdrawn from the governorship race.
For the avoidance of doubt, I Dumo Lulu-Briggs, am still in the race and fully prepared, ready, willing and able to seek the office of governor of Rivers State in 2019 under the APC. My ambition was not spontaneous but borne out of long-held vision spanning over a decade for the overall progress and development of Rivers State.
The leader of the party, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi only expressed support for his preferred aspirant and has not “appointed” any governorship candidate because our party has its constitutional procedures and processes for deciding who flies the flag of the party in any election. I am committed to taking full opportunities of our party’s guidelines to achieve my aspiration.
I, therefore, call on Rivers people to discountenance these unfounded rumours about my purported withdrawal from the 2019 Rivers State governorship race.