- Raymond Dokpesi promises to sustain the legacy of the PDP's founding fathers if voted as the party’s new chairman.
- He endorses Governor Umahi, the Ebonyi state governor for a second term
- Former president, Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers state governor, Wike, disagree over Prince Uche Secondus’ bid to become PDP national chairman
Raymond Dokpesi, one of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s chairmanship aspirants visited Abakaliki on Tuesday, December 5, to solicit the support of the southeast for his PDP chairmanship ambition.
Acknowledging the PDP’s dominance in the state, Dokpesi endorsed Governor Umahi for a second term so that he can complete his works, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Dokpesi said that he would sustain the legacy of the party’s founding fathers and that of Governor David Umahi if voted as the party’s new chairman.
He said: “Based on our confidence, our faith is in the hands of God and the delegates.”
In his reaction, Umahi said Dokpesi is qualified to be the party’s national chairman.
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Governor Umahi, however, said that the south-east governors belonging to the PDP will meet soon to decide on a consensus candidate to support for the chairmanship post.
The date for the planned meeting was, however, not disclosed.
He said: “In the past we have voted blindly but now our eyes are open to seek negotiation with everyone aspiring, so as to agree on what he will do for us. What ever the zone comes up with, we will let you know.”
“The commitment and zeal of the aspirant who is going round 36 states of the federation to ask for vote is highly commendable. I am one of the apostles who will not give power to anyone that is not prepared.”
The PDP will hold its convention on December 9 in Port Harcourt, and also fill party vacancies.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported the fresh crisis over the PDP chairmanship post as former president Jonathan and Rivers state governor, Wike, disagree over Prince Uche Secondus’ bid to become PDP national chairman.
NAIJ.com gathers that a source said Jonathan wants any chairmanship aspirant other than Secondus to emerge victorious at the party’s national convention.
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