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Reform or die, Dokpesi cautions PDP

Reform or die, Dokpesi cautions PDP

The founding Chairman of DAAR Communications, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has warned that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stands the risk of going into extinction if it does reform and get things right in its forthcoming national convention.

According to Dokpesi, who is gunning for the national chairmanship of the party, if the party does not reform, it will not survive its current crisis.

Dokpesi said: “The party will break and disappear into oblivion. I tell you that if the party does not reform now, it won’t survive the crisis.

“Time has come for the party to determine its future. I represent reform. If we love the party and if we want to move the party forward and also deepen democracy then we have to leave the old way of overbearing, imposition that brought us to where we are. We are hungry for a new way of doing things.”

The media mogul also said it was not true that he was engaging in anti-party activities because he insisted on constesting for the party’s top position despite the decison of to zone it to the South West.

Dokpesi is from the South South geo-political zone and has insisted he would contest the chairmanship election billed for the 17th of August.

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It would be recalled that the national leadership of the PDP had zoned the office of the national chairman to the southern part of the country while Southern leaders further zoned it to the South West.

Dokpesi however faulted the decision of the zonal leaders, insisting that they went against the decision of the national body by going ahead to further zone the position.

He said: “The constitution of the party vested the power to zone on the National Working Committee as represented by the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee.

“It zoned the office to the entire south. When you are in government, you can do micro zoning, but now you have to look for the best. The zoning of the president was done to the entire north. The office had not been zoned to any of the three zones from the north.

“Makarfi has said so, that anyone who feels he can win the election and knows he is capable of leading the party, is free.
“I have visited about 24 states when that micro zoning was done. Now, I have covered 34 states and FCT, leaving Taraba and Adamawa States.”

By Timothy Enietan-Matthews

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