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Rivers 2023: Can A Gambler Take Over From WIKE?

Ibim Semenitari
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Rivers 2023: Can A Gambler Take Over From WIKE?

Governance is serious business and chief among the criteria for anyone seeking an election to a position in public service are character and integrity.

For Rivers, the state has been blessed over the years across different administrations to be governed by an unbroken circle of distinguished Nigerians, with enviable resumes both in their private practice to their political career.

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From former Governors Peter Odili, and Rotimi Amaechi to Current Governor Nyesom Wike, Rivers state has produced a medical practitioner, a director of companies, and a lawyer who all went on to also excel in politics.

However, as the March 11 Governorship elections draw near, the battle for a successor for Governor Wike’s job takes top gear.

With the governor’s term coming to an end, many candidates are vying for the position and will be competing in the upcoming election. Various political parties have nominated their candidates and the race for the governorship is heating up.

Wike’s term had seen significant economic growth and infrastructure development, and it was important to find someone who could continue this trend while also finding new and innovative ways to improve the state. It was also important to find someone who could work with the state legislature and other stakeholders to ensure that the state’s progress continued.

However, among contenders vying to succeed Wike as Rivers State Governor, is Lawyer, a professional and habitual gambler, Dumo Lulu-Briggs, a governorship candidate on the Accord party ticket.

Lulu-Briggs’s malicious intentions are rooted in wanting to use the position to further enrich himself, with disregard for the well-being of Rivers State citizens, as his track record of unwise decisions and gambling addiction demonstrates.

This gambler, who is well-known for engaging in reckless and irresponsible activities, believes that the current political climate provides an opportunity for him to gain power and influence in the state. He is taking advantage of the polity to push his agenda.

Political commentators have asserted that if given the opportunity, Lulu-Briggs would use public resources to engage in casino operations, much as he did to some of his properties in the past.

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It is believed that a gambler who lacks self-restraint will not be able to contribute significantly to the welfare of the state’s citizens. The state requires someone who can assist in upholding the legacy of the existing administration rather than a mere sleazy gambler who is attempting to worm his way into power.

Voters must be warned against electing inebriates, noting that effective administration requires people who are prepared to serve rather than those who will waste the state’s resources.

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