High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, aspirant for the position of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the party will bounce back to glory.
Chief Dokpesi, on Monday, said that with him at the helm of affairs of the party, the PDP will “take over in 2019.″
This is coming ahead of the PDP national convention to elect a new party chairman scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt on August 17.
The PDP has zoned the position of party chairman to the Southern part of the country.
Addressing party members and delegates in Asaba, Delta state, Chief Dokpesi, traced the PDP’s failure in the 2015 General Elections to its deviation from the visions of its founding fathers.
Dokpesi said the easiest way for the party to win back its lost glory and 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.
Chief Raymond Dokpesi, who is currently on a nationwide campaign tour in his speech 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.
“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.”
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Dokpesi reminded members about the leadership crisis currently rocking the party at the national level, citing its origin to the emergence of Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman.
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He asserted that he had come to properly unite the party and take the PDP back to glory once more.
He also used the occasion to solicit for their support, reminding them of his accomplishments in his days with the South-South Peoples Assembly.
Receiving Dokpesi and his campaign team, state chairman of the party, Kingsley Esiso, said the PDP could only dethrone APC in 2019 by first having a formidable national chairman.