- The chairman of Daar Communication said he is the best candidate to lead the Peoples Democratic Party
- Raymond Dokpesi said he has the capacity to drive the PDP through achieving its goals in 2019
- He also condemned the attempt to micro-zone the party national chairmanship position to the southwest region
The chairman of Daar Communications Limited, Raymond Dokpesi, has said he has the capacity to lead the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Dokpesi said the PDP must be focused on opening its doors to provide a level playing ground to competent members of the party who are eligible and have the will to contest for positions in the party.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, October 11, Dokpesi said the party has already consulted and zoned the candidacy for the 2019 presidential election to the north.
He said it is important for the party to produce a northern candidate who will represent it in the tussle for the presidential seat in the next election.
Dokpesi said: "The presidency as far as the Peoples Democratic Party is concerned, the presidency as far as I am concerned has been zoned to the north. And tge north must produce that candidate."
"We must open our radars and look for the most competent, the most capable and the best general who will lead us into battle with APC. But the party must provide a level playing ground for all the aspirants that are going to come.
"And that is what I am saying I have the capacity, the ability, the will to really provide that level playing ground and transparent ground for the PDP candidacy to have."
However, answering questions on whether he was formerly declaring his aspiration to run for the party's national chairmanship position, the media mogul said the PDP is still "consulting".
He said consultation on whether the party's highest leadership position should be zoned to the whole south region or micro-zoned to the southwest alone is ongoing.
Stating that the PDP's convention is the highest authority in the party, Dokpesi said it is commendable that anybody will attempt to micro-zone the major positions - chairmanship and presidency - in the party.
"This party can only grow on the platform of truth, justice and equity, there is no need to be manipulative about it.
"We must build this country with a clear vision, we have to reconnect this party with the people and this has to be done with equity and justice.
"We are currently still consulting. One of the most vexatious issues we've had in the party has being of zoning. The concept of zoning is to ensure equity an sharing of party offices across the country.
"In this very case, the Ekweremadu report came out and said the chairmanship of the party should be zoned to the entire south while the presidency be zoned to the north.
"If you're in opposition, you must allow for the best hand," he added.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that some northern leaders and elders of the party had a crucial meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, October 10.
The party during the meeting discussed the race and outlined aspirants for the PDP national chairmanship position.
The meeting chaired by a former minister of information, Jerry Gana, followed the endorsement of a former governor of Ogun state, Gbenga Daniel, by the past military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida.
Babangida had at his Hilltop Mansion in Minna drummed support for Daniel's candidacy for the party's leadership position.
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