Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, national convention on August 17, 2016 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, youths in the party under the auspices of Concerned PDP Youth Network, CPYN, have thrown their support for High Chief Raymond Dokpesi as the party’s National Chairman, saying his emergence will see the PDP take back power from the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2019.
The National Coordinator, CPYN, Hon. Uchechukwu Chukwuma, said youths in the party made critical assessment of the candidates vying for the position and concluded to support Dokpesi. According to Chukwuma, Dokpesi has the quality of integrity and transparency.
We believe he would resuscitate the party and reconcile every aggrieved members, thereby repositioning the PDP to take back the reins of power from the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019.
He said: “As major stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and have contributed enormously to the survival, sustenance, growth and expansion of Africa’s largest party.
Today, we the youths of this great party declare ahead of the party’s National Convention on August 17, 2016, at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, that we have unanimously agreed to come together to officially endorse the Pillar, Mover and Beacon of Light of our great party, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, CFR, as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Our support for him as respected youths of the party is based on the pedigree he possesses over the years as a focused politician who have been a bridge builder and detribalised Nigerian by keeping members of the party together as one big family.
“He is a man who has portrayed sincerity and patriotism to the party in different ways that are evident in the party until now.
He is man of justice and equity and ensures everybody in the party gets what belongs to him. “The media mogul has several times been at the vanguard of creating strategies to unite the party and has with this greatly impacted on the survival of the party.
He has been neutral in the chaos that has rocked the party. Rather, he had made moves to bring peace to the party.
“We stamp our support today for this uncommon, loyal and disciplined party chieftain who has demonstrated commitment to the affairs of the party despite the huge challenges and woes that befell it, especially after losing the presidential election in 2015.”
Chukwuma, however blamed selfish politicians who failed to listen to the voice of reason on what led to the mass exodus of renowned party members to other political parties, stating that “We don’t want to be deceived again.
We will never go back to the old ways of doing things in the party. Today, we have discovered a man of integrity and transparent character who believes in the tomorrow of the younger ones.”