An aspirant for the office of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Raymond Dokpesi, has stated that the decision of some southern leaders to zone the position of the party’s national chairmanship to the Southwest should not stop candidates from the wider South who were still interested in the position from contesting.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Omor Bazuaye, the media mogul averred that, “When you are in opposition, what matters is to present the candidate that can win the election and not zoning.”
The statement disclosed that Dokpesi was on Monday successfully screened to contest for the position at the party’s convention scheduled for Wednesday in Port Harcourt.
Fielding questions from the screening committee, Dokpesi said his decision to run for the position was to restructure and rebuild a party with conscience and have respect for the wishes and aspiration of the people.
While addressing newsmen at the end of his screening exercise that lasted barely 10 minutes, he promised to re-position the PDP, and make it a reputable democratic institution.
On the issue of zoning, the AIT founder cited the case in Rivers State where Governor Nyesom Wike contested and won the election for PDP despite that his candidacy was clearly against the zoning arrangement in the state.
He pointed out that Wike was PDP’s best candidate for the election and that it was good enough for the party to look beyond zoning.