PH Briefs: Dumo camp insists he is guber candidate despite court verdict

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* Onnoghen vs Cross River: Supreme Court to speak on May 17

The Supreme Court has fixed the 17th of May to deliver judgment in a suit filed by the Cross River State Government challenging the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.  In the suit, Cross River State is praying the apex court to determine whether the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen from office by President Buhari based on an ex parte order was not in cross violation of the 1999 Constitution.

President Buhari had on the basis of an ex parte order issued by the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja ordered Justice Walter Onoughen who is facing corruption charges to step aside.

  • Dumo is still our flagbearer – Camp

The Dumo Lulu-Briggs Campaign Organization is insisting that Dumo Lulu-Briggs remains the authentic governorship candidate of the Accord Party in Rivers State. A statement issued by the director of communications, Tonye Dagogo, said the campaign organization has filed an appeal and stay of execution on the matter.

Dagogo in a statement said the judgment did not come to the party as a surprise since the learned trial judge has shown bias by refusing to remove himself from the matter.  Dumo Lulu-Briggs campaign organization also accused Governor Nyesom Wike of plotting to use the court to knock out strong contenders in the governorship race. The statement also accused Governor Wike of sponsoring Precious Baridoo to lead other Governorship Candidates to declare support for the PDP before governorship and state assembly elections.

The APC also accused Governor Nyesom Wike of sponsoring the court case that removed Dumo Lulu-Briggs, just to get at APC. Spokesperson of APC in Rivers State, Chris Finebone, said the party was not surprised at the outcome of the ruling.

Governor Wike has denied the charges through the PDP Communications Director, Barr Emma Okah.

* Accord Party accuses Bari Mpigi

The Accord Party Candidate for Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Swage Bade, is accusing the PDP candidate, Bari Mpigi, of masterminding the manipulation of electoral process during last Saturday’s election. He told a press conference in Port Harcourt that the electoral fraud was clearly manifested with intent to scuttle the will of the people of Rivers South-East Senatorial District. Bade, however, urged all his supporters to remain calm and law abiding as they make efforts to reclaim his mandate.

Meanwhile, the Senator-elect, Mpigi, has debunked Bade’s statements saying the people of the senatorial district voted massively for him in a free and fair election. He advised Bade to congratulate him as other candidates have done.

Mpigi said that the people of the Senatorial District and Rivers people know that he never masterminded any violence during the National Assembly election. He added that Bade should check with INEC if he was actually the candidate of The Accord Party in the Senatorial District election.

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