I’m still in the race – Dokpesi

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Chief Dokpesi has refuted claim that he has agreed to drop out of the race for the office of the national chairman.

He said in a statement last night that nothing can be further from the truth.

The statement reads: “Chief Dokpesi is not only a front runner but remains the aspirant to beat at the convention grounds on Saturday.  We urge teeming members and party delegates to the disregard and ignore such cheap and diversionary antics aimed at causing I’ll wind in the PDP.

“Chief Dokpesi will not step down and those who wish so are advised to redirect their energies to campaigns that will benefit their aspirants rather dissipate positive energy in negative direction.

“The national convention is the first effort by the PDP since inception at entrenching an internal democratic process that will deepen our democracy.

“Let him who is running behind in this race remain behind or run faster than the man in front. The impunity and imposition of the past has long gone out of fashion.

“The delegates will  decide every contestant’s fate and  we should all agree to abide and accept by the convention decision. Only the  process must be free, fair and credible.”

David Mark, group advise delegates

Dokpesi’s statement came as former Senate President, David Mark, told delegates to allow the will of the people prevail and restore the dignity of the party.

Senator Mark, in a message to delegates urged them to shun those ills such as imposition of candidates and impunity that ruined the chances of the party in the previous elections.

In a statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, Mark stressed: “We have seen what the imposition of candidates caused us in the past. We cannot travel the same route anymore.

“I am sure we have learnt some useful lessons from our electoral misfortune in 2015. We now have the opportunity to right the wrongs of the past by allowing the will of the people to prevail at the convention.”

The former Senate president expressed confidence in the Governor Okowa National Convention Committee to do a good job and return the party to the people.

“Win or lose, we are still one family. All we need to do is put our house in order in the interest of the party and its members because I can see a bright future,” he stated.

Meanwhile, delegates have been tasked to use their votes wisely.

The advice was handed down in Lagos by the Solidarity Youth Movement (SYM), a youth group within the party during a media event.

According to its co-chairman, Mr. Lekan Oniwa, the SYM was in agreement with the position of the party’s northern elders for the micro zoning of the party’s chairmanship to the South West.  It, however, said it was not anointing any of the chairmanship aspirants, even as it said delegates should vote for an aspirant without “baggage” to lead the party.

Oniwa described zoning of offices to different geo-political zones as PDP’s way of ensuring inclusion, fairness and equity.

This, he observed, enhances unity within the party and fortifies national spread and character, even as he said this was why PDP remained Nigeria’s only true party.

His views were corroborated by his co-chairman, Mr. Kalu Uguru, who stressed that the major focus of the group was getting the best hands to lead the party.

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