By CrossRiverWatch Admin
A leading aspirant for the position of the national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Raymond Dokpesi says if given the mandate to serve, he will lead the party to victory at the national level in 2019 and ensure its re-dominance in the Nigeria’s political terrain.
The media mogul stated this Thursday in Calabar during his consultation with party leaders and stakeholders in the state in pursuit of his ambition where he promised to bring to bear, his over 3 decades of political experience which cuts across the country’s 6 geo-political zones and assured delegates from Cross River state of making the state a reference point at the national level of the party as an example of a state where continuity in government of PDP reigns supreme from 1999 till date.
“I started the first private radio and television in the country and I was the first person to own the first private satellite. I have always worked hard to ensure that the African man is safe and free and my intention to occupy the chairmanship of our party is for me to continue that service.
“If by the grace of God your prayer works, I promise to lead the party to victory in 2019. PDP under my leadership will be reformed and repositioned to take over the federal government in the next election and I have all the qualities and political spread to make this happen” Dokpesi said, promising that the perceived crisis in the party will be a thing of the past and explained that whatever he puts his hands becomes successful and PDP will not be an exception if given the opportunity.
On his plans, Dokpesi who described himself as an in-law to Cross River state said his visit to Calabar was a Coming to a city known to be first in many good things in Nigeria, adding that “For the Women and Youths of Cross River in our great party, I promised to ensure that the 35% affirmative action for women became a reality, my administration will ensure that women take their rightful position while youths will also be given their due consideration.
“I have worked hard for the party over the years, and I promised you that PDP under my leadership will bring sincerity, integrity and equality to bear, and I will serve the party with dedication and purposeful direction”.
The chairman of the party in the state, Edim Inok Edim assured Dokpesi of the needed support of the party and informed him that the state has always been voted en masse, anyone the leadership of the party in the state support.
Edim who till his election was the infrastructure commissioner, said Dokpesi being a household name in the party and one who had worked for the progress and development of PDP, there was no doubt in his mind that the state will give him the needed support to actualize his ambition.
Also, Nkoyo Toyo, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Ethiopia who described Dokpesi as a workaholic, dedicated and committed party man who had used his personal resources and media platform to the benefit of PDP urged Cross River delegates to support his aspiration.
Nkoyo, a member of the House or Representatives in the 7th Assembly urged Dokpesi to always give women a priority in all his program of action when elected as the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party.
“Women are taking their rightful positions in the global politics, from America to Brazil to the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone Women are given the opportunities to serve, Nigeria must learn from this” Nkoyo said.
The Dokpesi campaign team which include former members of both houses of the national assembly, ministers, ambassadors and youth leaders across the 6 geo-political zones of the country were received by the party executives, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly John-Gaul Lebo, the Chief of Staff to the governor of Cross River State, Martin Orim as well as other stakeholders of the party.
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