AHEAD of the August 17, national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Port Harcourt, national chairmanship aspirant, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has solicited the support of PDP delegates in Bayelsa State. Dokpesi made the plea at the state secretariat of the PDP, even as he promised to give purposeful and committed leadership to the party so that it can wrestle power in the 2019 presidential election, emphasizing that the support from the south-south will enable him succeed. Meanwhile, the Edo State PDP has named senator representing Edo South in the Senate, Matthew Urhoghide, director general of the Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, while Chief Dokpesi is to head the publicity committee of the campaign organisation. The announcement was made yesterday by the party’s governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu at the party secretariat in Benin shortly before leaders and members of the party departed for the palace of Benin Crown Prince and Edaiken N’selu, Eheneden Erediauwa, enroute to a campaign rally in Egor Local Government Area. Ize-Iyamu also named the Edo State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, chairman of the Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation and Chief Tom Ikimi as the chairman of the sub-committee on Strategy.
A former Chief of Staff to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mike Ogiadomhe, is to head the contact committee, even as Ize-Iyamu named himself chairman of the canvassers committee, while Senator Yisa Braimah is the chairman of the logistics committee. Others chairmen of the sub- committees are Lady Philomena Ihenyen (women), Chief Frank Erewele (Groups), Dr. Tony Azegbemi (electoral), Jude Imagwe (youths) and Efe Igbinovia (social media). Inaugurating the committee, Edo State PDP chairman, Dan Orbih, expressed satisfaction in members of the committee, saying with the calibre of people in the campaign organisation, the PDP was set to win the September 10 governorship election. Dokpesi, immediate past chairman of the African Independent Television, AIT, appealed to the south-south zone to continue to remain in the People’s Democratic Party, adding that his leadership will ensure that the party does not die. The Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, Friday Konbowei Benson in his remarks, cautioned the PDP against electing national officers of the party who have issues with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Konbowei Benson noted with regret that the People’s Democratic Party has over the years suffered series of setback as a result of leadership crisis, especially at the national level which has destabilised the fortunes of the party. He however, insisted that the south-south geopolitical zone will continue to defend the interest of the party, considering the fact that it is the People’s Democratic Party that brought the south-south to the leadership of the country. Describing the chairmanship aspirant as the type of leader the party needs to take the PDP to the next level, the speaker assured that delegates from the state will give their overwhelming support to the aspirant. The state chairman of the PDP, Deacon Moses Cleopas in his remarks described the chairmanship aspirant as a dynamic and resourceful personality, who has the capacity to reposition the party for the task ahead. The party chief expressed delight that the People’s Democratic Party considered it necessary to zone the national chairmanship position to the south-south to protect the interest of peace and unity of the party. Secures Rivers delegates’ endorsement In the meantime, Dokpesi, who took his campaign deeper into the South-South in Rivers State got resounding endorsement from the delegates. The endorsement was secured after Dokpesi addressed leaders and state party officials at the party secretariat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital. PDP chairman in Rivers State, Felix Obuah said come the convention scheduled for August 17 in Port Harcourt, delegates from his state would make it a “block vote,” adding that when the votes had been cast, Dokpesi whom he described a “father” would not be disappointed. Earlier, Dokpesi pleaded with members of the party to give him the chance to direct the affairs of he party as national chairman for the next four years, promising to turn around the fortunes of the party “for the benefit of Rivers State and for the benefit of the South-South.” Dokpesi was accompanied by his chief campaigner, Senator Kassim Oyofo who also appealed to the delegates to vote wisely. He told them to vote for the future, which he said rests squarely on the shoulders of Dokpesi. Dokpesi’s campaign moves on with its next stop in being Uyo in Akwa Ibom State.

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