Why I’m in race for PDP’s chair, by Dokpesi
Media mogul and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bigwig, Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, has said that he has what it takes to turn around the fortunes of the former ruling political grouping if elected as its next national chairman.
Dokpesi said he has been around awhile to know the ingredients needed to rebuild the opposition party and bring it back to winning ways.
The founder and chairman emeritus of Daar Communications Plc stated this as he flagged off his nationwide campaign tour for the national chairman’s position from his ward at his hometown Agbenebode, Edo State.
His first port of call was the palace of Okumagbe, Weppa Wanno, Dr. George Oshiapi Egabor (Omoaze 1), to seek his royal blessings.
He was accompanied by close friends, colleagues and political associates from different parts of the country, including former Senator Kasim Oyofo and and the Organizing Secretary of PDP in Edo State, Henry Tenebe.
Dokpesi, a first class marine engineer, who successfully pioneered and ran the first private radio and TV stations in Nigeria, also moved yesterday to Asaba, the capital of Delta State, where he addressed party members and delegates.
According to him, the easiest way for the party to regain the hearts of citizens is for members to return to the ideals of the visions of the founding fathers of the PDP.
He said the vision of PDP founding fathers was “to establish a political party that would promote national unity and would accommodate the opinion and voice of every citizen under a common “umbrella,”create jobs and make life a lot more meaningful for the people.
Dokpesi solicited for their support, reminding them of some of his accomplishments in his days with the South-South Peoples Assembly; how he drew attention to issues in the Niger-Delta and eventually making it possible for a President to emerge from the region.
Receiving Dokpesi, State Chairman of PDP, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso, said the chapter wanted a leadership change in Aso Rock with a President of PDP extraction in 2019, pointing out that it could only be achieved if the party has a formidable national chairman.
Esiso believes Dokpesi has the carriage, competence and capacity to deliver on the job.
Dokpesi later paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa before moving to Anambra State where healso made his aspiration known to another large crowd of party members.