BUSINESS mogul and politician, Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi has said that he has what it takes to turn around the fortunes of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, if allowed to take charge of the affairs of the party as its national chairman. Dokpesi said he had been around awhile to know the ingredients needed to rebuild the party and bring it back to winning ways. The founder and chairman emeritus of Daar Communications Plc stated this as he flagged off  his nationwide campaign tour for the seat of the national chairman of the , PDP, in his home town of Agbenebode. Dokpesi’s first port of call was the palace of Okumagbe, Weppa Wanno, Dr. George Oshiapi Egabor, in company of close friends, colleagues and political associates from different parts of the country, prominent amongst whom was Senator Kasim Oyofo, former chief whip of the Senate. Dokpesi informed the royal father about his intention to take over the leadership of the PDP, asking for his blessings. “We’re  here for your blessings. I am confident that by your pronouncement and by the grace of God, the position of PDP chairman is guaranteed,” Dokpesi told the monarch. After pioneering an successfully running the first private radio and TV stations in Nigeria, Dokpesi, a trained first class marine engineer, is leading the change that would breath fresh life into the PDP, after the woeful performance of the party in the 2015 general elections that saw the party ousted by the current ruling party. …storms Asaba for votes Also in his bid to emerge as the national chairman of the PDP, Chief Dokpesi yesterday stormed Asaba, the Delta State capital, explaining why the party rejected former governor of Bornu State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, as national chairman. Dokpesi, who took his campaign to Delta State delegates to the forthcoming national convention of the party in Port Harcourt, said Sheriff had a little baggage associated with the dreaded insurgent group, Boko Haram. “Sheriff has a little bit of baggage because from where he came from, he is not supported. Boko Haram is a major reason our son, Goodluck Jonathan, lost the last presidential election. So there was no need for us to bring somebody associated with Boko Haram to represent us if we wish to reclaim the presidency in 2019,” he said. Dokpesi told the prospective delegates that if given the opportunity to be the national chairman of the PDP, the glory of
the South-South would be restored and errors of the past would be corrected. He praised the leadership of the PDP in Delta State for retaining power at the state level, saying that it was indication that the state was a stronghold of the party in Nigeria. According to him, the party lost majority of elective positions in the last general elections because the values and ideals of its founding fathers had been undermined, adding that if given the opportunity, he would make sure that the ideals which include internal democracy would be restored to put the party back to winning ways. While speaking to newsmen in an interview shortly after meeting with the State Working Committee of the party, the aspirant disclosed that he would soon unveil 10-point agenda for the revival of the party in Nigeria to make it a formidable force once again. Responding, chairman of the party in Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Esiso assured the chairmanship hopeful of the support of the stakeholders of the party in the state. Esiso said if the party was to reclaim the presidency in 2019, it was very important to have a formidable chairman, adding that Dokpesi had the capacity and what it takes to achieve the dream of the party.

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