Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa Chapters Of PDP Back Dokpesi’s Chairmanship Race

The ambition of High Chief Raymond Dokpesi for the chairmanship position of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has gotten a major boost as the Kogi, Nasarawa and Benue states chapters have vowed to work for his success at the National Convention billed for August 17, at Port Harcourt, Rivers state. 

He received a carnival-like reception at Nasarawa where party faithfuls and delegates lined the popular Lafia-Jos road to receive him at the party's secretariat. Dokpesi was scheduled to visit Benue first on Monday before meeting delegates from Nasarawa state but he had to branch the Lafia secretariat as hundreds of party faithfuls lined up the street to welcome him. 

The chairman of PDP Nasarawa state and a former lawmaker, Hon. Francis Orogu, said Dokpesi has the best credentials to lead the party. He urged Dokpesi to end impunity and imposition in the party which he attributed as the failure of the PDP in previous elections in the state. "If there is hope for PDP, it is in Nasarawa. 

We have been shortchanged by the national body in the past. When you get there, don't let impunity continue. These delegates are yours. You have more than any other candidates to give to this party and we will vote for you," Orogu said. Other speakers including former deputy governor, Prof. Onje Gyawado assured Dokpesi of their support at the national convention. Earlier, during his visit to delegates in Kogi on Sunday, the women leader of PDP Kogi state, Chief Margaret Orebiyi, corroborated the party chairman, Hon. Sam Uhuotu, saying that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is already jittery over the credentials of the High Chief Meanwhile, Dokpesi, assured the delegates that when elected into office, he will end the reign of imposition of candidates in the party. 

"PDP was formed to be an umbrella to protect all of us from rain, sun but after our victory in 1999, our leaders abandoned the principles of our founding fathers, which made some people to leave and led us to where we are today. We must return to the vision of our founding fathers because the PDP of today is not the same as the party that was formed in 1998," he said. 

Dokpesi and his team made up of former Chief Whip of the Senate, Victor Kassim Oyofo; former Chef of Staff in Bauchi, Mallam Shehu Musa Gadam; Edo state PDP organizing secretary, Hon. Henry Duke Tenebe; former chairman of PDP Kaduna, Chief Abubakar Gaiya Haruna and his Nasarawa counterpart, Chief Yunaha Iliya have visited 22 states.


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