The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship aspirant, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has described as unfortunate the decision to micro-zone the chairmanship position of the party to the South-west; saying it was a repeat of the same mistake that led the party to where it is today.
This is even as Kano and Jigawa State chapters of party vowed to give their votes to Dokpesi at the national convention of the party in Port Harcourt.
In a statement by his media aide, Omor Bazuaye, Dokpesi disclosed this when he took his campaign to the North-west geopolitical zone, berthing in the ancient city of Kano.
He told the delegates in Kano to do the right thing by voting their conscience.
He said he did not have any godfather but would depend heavily on delegates to vote for him.
“Leaders of the South met and decided to micro-zone the national chairmanship seat to the South-west. These are the same things we did that have brought the party to its knees.
“I have come here pleading and begging that if I become national chairman, it is me and you that would be chairman,” he said.
Just as he was received everywhere else, Dokpesi was treated to a heroic welcome by party members.
“I have been on the road in the last eight days; moving from one state to the other, soliciting for support, asking, pleading and begging the people to vote for me.
“They have received us well; warmed up strongly to our brand of populist democracy which has returned power to the people to choose their leaders and it is in the true spirit of our motto: “power to the people.”
Dokpesi said he was enboldened by the massive support from the people; and would hold on to their words as he goes for the challenge in Port Harcourt.
“It is the assurances that I will hold on to as I transverse the length and breadth of the country,” he said, calling on everybody to join in a campaign that is “bound to change the face of politics forever in the country,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, of the Kano State chapter of the PDP led, Alhaji Rabiu Dansharu, they have all pitched their tent with Dokpesi, vowing to give him all of their votes for the position.
The state chapter said it was not concerned about the decision by leaders in the South to zone the seat to the South-west.
Dansharu thanked Dokpesi for deeming it necessary to come to Kano.
He said his visit had brought new hope to members in Kano.
The state chapter endorsed Dokpesi, promising to give him their votes.
The North is home to Dokpesi. His mother being from Adamawa State but it is from Kano that the business mogul launched his campaign to his brothers and sisters.
From Kano, Dokpesi’s campaign trail journeyed to Jigawa where party members trooped out in large numbers to welcome him.
Again in Jigawa, Dokpesi pleaded for votes, saying he was very much in the race.
He promised that if he becomes National Chairman, he would ensure that Presidency returns to the North and that there would be level playing field for every section of the north.
Just as it happened in Kano, delegates vows to reward Dokpesi handsomely with their votes.