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Postponing PDP convention was blessing in disguise – Dokpesi

Raymond Dokpesi, major contender for the position of National Chairman of PDP, said the postponement of the convention was “a blessing in disguise.

Frontline contender for the position of National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party {PDP}, Raymond Dokpesi has said the postponement of the convention in Port Harcourt was “a blessing in disguise.

Dokpesi said this in a statement issued by media aide to Raymond Dokpesi Campaign organisation, Omor Bazuaye, on Friday.

He said shifting the convention in Port Harcourt following the closure of the convention ground by soldiers and police affords members a rare opportunity to resolve the leadership crisis in the party. 

He said the shift in date also assisted in no small measure to prevent a situation that could have further complicated the situation with the kind of factionalisation that could have happened if the convention had gone ahead as scheduled.

Dokpesi had taken a tour of the country canvassing for support and votes of delegates.

He said he arrived Port Harcourt only to be told that PDP Governors had anointed the former PDP Governorship candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje for the position.

To effect their plot, he said the Governors went on to lobby delegates from the North.

According to Dokpesi, they allegedly asked them to obey the “micro zoning “ arrangement  which was unilaterally decided by them.

Dokpesi disclosed that fortunately delegates from the North refused to be a part of the scheme.

When the message was brought to them, they  insisted it was “Raymond Dokpesi “, who had gone round the country that they wanted to vote for.

Dokpesi said going round the country, he had established a special bond with the people; 

A bond he said made it absolutely impossible for their conscience to be bought at the last minute.

“When they brought the message to anoint Agbaje to the people, everybody started screaming that it was Raymond Dokpesi they want to vote for.

“So the Northern elders ordered them to go to the field”.

He added that the Northern delegates had made up their minds to defy the Governors.

That, however, wasn’t so convenient for delegates from PDP controlled states to go against the wishes of their governors who were hell bent to install the next Chairman.

For Dokpesi, Ali Modu Sheriff’s court order was a saving grace from the massive rigging that had been perfectly worked out.

Dokpesi however called on all aggrieved members to use the respite created by the shift in date to resolve the crisis; asking them to sheath their swords and come down from their high horses.

“If you listen to Ali Modu Sheriff and the governors; you’ll clearly see the ego at play” , he said.

Dokpesi said what is happening in the party is not a PDP problem but a clear case of Ali Modu Sheriff and a few PDP Governors in a battle for supremacy.

Dokpesi revealed that as a founding member of PDP, he has been involved in a number of backdoor discussions aimed at resolving the crisis within the party.

He said he swallowed his pride to approach Ali Modu Sheriff on the matter.

He pointed out that once he had spoken with the former Governor of Borno State, he doesn’t believe Sheriff means bad for the PDP.

He noted that neither is the conflict between the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff.

He situated the conflict squarely between Sheriff and a few PDP Governors.

Dokpesi, nonetheless, denied being a stooge, or fronting for anyone.

On the issue of his case with EFCC over alleged involvement with a well publicized N2.3 billion proceeds of money meant for the procurement of arms from the office of ex-National  Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki and the credibility issues that  could come with it, Dokpesi is optimistic he would have his day in court.

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