Faults suit against Accord Party’s N’Assembly candidates
Governorship candidate of Accord Party (AP) in Rivers State, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, has deplored what he described as an unnecessary distraction by the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) dragging of their National Assembly candidates to court over alleged flawed primaries.
Lulu-Briggs, who spoke outside the courtroom after the suit brought by the PDP at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, seeking to disqualify all National Assembly candidates of Accord in the state was again adjourned till September 13, 2022, decried PDP’s meddlesomeness.
When the matter was mentioned yesterday, counsel to the plaintiff, Den Nwigwe, moved an application to join more people in the suit and also sought extension of time for hearing of the matter.
The presiding judge, Justice Stephen Daylop-Pam, after entertaining submissions of all parties to the suit, adjourned till September 13 for hearing. Speaking further, Lulu-Briggs stated that PDP’s action “shows that it is scared to test its popularity at the polls. Rivers people must be allowed to choose who will serve them.”
He continued: “From the very beginning, we say that this is an unnecessary distraction. The PDP has no business with the private affair of another party. This is not necessary. We should be doing other things, but PDP will continue to meddle in the internal affairs of other parties, and I do not know to what end they seek in disqualifying all the candidates so that they produce a sole candidate for all the elective positions in Rivers State.
“It is unfortunate, but the Rivers people must be allowed to choose who will be their next governor or senator.
“I think this is an unwelcome exercise embarked upon by the PDP and their action just indicates that they do not have good candidates, otherwise they will want to test their performance at the polls.”
Although he regretted the psychological effect the suit has had on the candidates in terms of depletion of funds for their campaigns, he, however, expressed hope that they would triumph eventually. Lawyer to Accord Party, AJ Owonikoko (SAN), expressed optimism that at the next adjourned date, the matter would be expeditiously heard.