Some South-South leaders and elders have said it was time to end autocracy in Rivers State as the 2023 elections approach.
At a press conference in Port Harcourt on Thursday, under the auspices of the South-South Chiefs, Elders and Opinion Leaders Association of Nigeria, they said it was a shame that some politicians have started recruiting criminals for next year’s elections.
The national chairman, Chief Omubo Harry, said the people of Rivers have suffered enough and now deserve good governance without any form of autocracy.
Harry said the group supported the Accord Party’s candidate for state governorship, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, describing him as a full-blooded gentleman who has no godfather and can deliver the people of the state the dividends of democracy.
He said: “It’s a shame that politicians are recruiting thugs for the 2023 general election. But Dumo Lulu-Briggs is a fair gentleman who can lead us to the promised land.
“He has no political godfather. We strongly believe that with Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as governor, Rivers State will liberate the state from autocracy and undisciplined leadership.
“With due respect for the people, Chiefs and traditional rulers, at present traditional rulers are like house boys. But with Dumo Lulu-Briggs, no one will tell us come here, go there.”
He went on to say that after the antecedents of other candidates for governor, Dumo Lulu-Briggs remains the most competent candidate who does not have a political godfather.
The group also rejected the Water Resources Bill before the National Assembly, describing it as provocative.
“After studying the antecedents of all gubernatorial candidates and their sponsors; Having come to the conclusion that Rivers State’s next governor must lead the people to the promised land, we hereby declare our support for Dumo Lulu-Briggs in 2023.
“With Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Rivers State will be liberated from autocracy. Dumo Lulu-Briggs will bring development, unity and justice to Rivers State in 2023.
“As long as God lives, good governance will be installed in Rivers State. Dumo Lulu-Briggs has no political godfather to command him,” Harry said.
In his speech, Niger Delta Students Association leader Maalo Dgreat said that without being in government, Dumo-Lulu-Briggs has influenced youth and students inside and outside the state.
Speaking on behalf of the women, Alabota Dateme said: “We need a government that gives us development, grants and health care at our doorstep and there is only one person who can do that. Dumo Lulu-Briggs is our only chance in 2023.”