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PDP Will Take Over Government In 2019-Dokpesi

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Aspirant for the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),

Raymond Dokpesi, on Monday, said that with him at the party's helm of

affairs, the PDP will “take over in 2019.″
This came as the convention to elect a new PDP chairman holds on August 17

in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. The PDP has zoned the position

to the Southern part of the country.
Addressing party members and delegates in Asaba, the Delta state capital,

Dokpesi, however, traced the PDP's fall in the 2015 General Elections to

its deviation from the visions of its founding fathers, saying the easiest

way for the party to worm its way back into the hearts of citizens is for

members to return to those ideals.
He asked members of the party to embrace the visions of the founding

fathers of the party.
Dokpesi said: “The vision of PDP founding fathers was to establish a

political party that would promote national unity and would accommodate

the opinion and voice of every citizen under a common 'umbrella.'”

“The PDP founding fathers wanted a party whose operations would be guided

by democratic principles, create jobs for its teeming population and make

life a lot more meaningful for the people,” said Dokpesi, who is currently

on a nationwide campaign tour.
“However, over time, the party has shifted focus away from these noble

ideals, and has lost track in the process. To get back on track, we must

be willing to readjust ourselves to the realities of current political

challenges.
“The only way to do so is to return to the visions of the founding fathers

of the party, a vision that guarantees internal party democracy and allows

only the best from amongst the people to represent us. “Let us sit back

and reflect. We have deviated from the visions of our founding fathers and

we need to retrace our steps very quickly.”
He reminded members about the leadership crisis currently hitting the

party at the national level, putting it down to the emergence of Ali Modu

Sheriff as national chairman, and the credibility baggage hanging around

the man when the party opened its doors to him.
“I have come to properly unite the party and bring all contending forces

together and make PDP virile one more,” he said, urging party members in

the state to remain steadfast.
“I am confident that with me in charge of the affairs of the party, PDP

will bounce back to glory in no time,” he said.
“If we do our little bits, we will bounce back to glory and it would be

good for delta state.” Dokpesi solicited their support, reminding them of

some of his accomplishments in his days with the South-South Peoples

Assembly, and how he drew attention to issues in the Niger-Delta,

eventually making it possible for a south-south president to emerge.

However, receiving Dokpesi and his campaign team, Kingsley Esiso, state

chairman of the party, said PDP could only dethrone APC in 2019 by first

having a formidable national chairman.
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