install the next chairman.
For Dokpesi, Ali Modu Sheriff’s
court order was a saving grace from
the massive rigging that had been
perfectly worked out.
Dokpesi, however, called on all
aggrieved members to use the respite
created by the shift in date to resolve
the crisis, asking them to sheath their
swords and come down from their
“If you listen to Sheriff and the
governors; you will clearly see ego at
play,” he said.
Dokpesi said what is happening in
the party is not a PDP problem but
a clear case of Sheriff and a few PDP
governors in a battle for supremacy.
Dokpesi revealed that as a founding
member of the party, he has been
involved in a number of backdoor
discussions aimed at resolving the
He said he swallowed his pride to
approach Sheriff on the matter.
He pointed out that once he had
spoken with the former governor of
Borno State, he doesn’t believe Sheriff
means bad for the party. He noted
that neither is the conflict between the
Chairman of the Caretaker Committee,
Ahmed Makarfi, and Sheriff.
governors went on to lobby delegates
from the north.
According to Dokpesi, they
allegedly asked them to obey the
‘micro zoning’ arrangement which
was unilaterally decided by them.
Dokpesi disclosed that fortunately
delegates from the north refused to be
a part of the scheme.
When the message was brought to
them, they insisted it was Raymond
Dokpesi, who had gone round the
country that they wanted to vote for.
Dokpesi said going round the
country, he had established a special
bond with the people;
A bond he said made it absolutely
impossible for their conscience to be
bought at the last minute.
“When they brought the message
to anoint Agbaje to the people,
everybody started screaming that it
was Dokpesi that they want to vote
for. So northern elders ordered them
to go to the field.”
He added that northern delegates
had made up their minds to defy the
That, however, wasn’t so convenient
for delegates from PDP controlled
states to go against the wishes of
their governors who were hell bent to
MAJOR contender for the position
of national chairman of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, Raymond
Dokpesi, said the postponement of
the convention was “a blessing in
Dokpesi said this in a statement
issued by a media aide to Raymond
Dokpesi Campaign Organisation,
Omor Bazuaye, at the weekend.
He said shifting the convention in
Port Harcourt, following the closure
of the convention ground by soldiers
and police affords members a rare
opportunity to resolve the leadership
He said the shift in date also assisted
in no small measure to prevent a
situation that could have further
complicated the crisis with the kind
of factionalisation that could have
happened if the convention had gone
ahead as scheduled.
Dokpesi had taken a tour of the
country canvassing for support and
votes of delegates.
He said he arrived Port Harcourt
only to be told that PDP governors
had anointed a former governorship
candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje,
for the position.
To effect their plot, he said the
He situated the conflict squarely
between Sheriff and a few PDP
Dokpesi, nonetheless, denied
being a stooge or fronting for
On the issue of his case with the
EFCC over alleged involvement
with a well publicised N2.3 billion
funds meant for the procurement
of arms from the office of thre ex-
National Security Adviser, Sambo
Dasuki, and the credibility issues
that could come with it, Dokpesi is
optimistic that he would have his
day in court
install the next chairman.