One of the aspirants for the national chairmanship position of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Raymond Dokpesi,bared his mind about the current state of the nation and the mistakes made by PDP members that ultimately ruined the vision of the party. Mr Dokpesi, who spoke during the week at the PDP secretariat in Umuahia, the Abia State capital also criticized the way APC has been ruling Nigeria for the past one year.
Dokpesi said selfie ambitions killed the PDP vision
The original idea of the founding fathers of the PDP was to lay a foundation of a party that would serve as an umbrella for all Nigerians, not minding their tribes and class, however, selfish ambitions of some leaders of the party, retarded the vision, which led to the eventual loss of power to the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 general elections.
He, however, said the APC, with its one year in power, had proved that it was incompetent to rule the country.
Although the PDP has been backlashed, the APC is not any better
“Today, the PDP is described as the most corrupt party in the country; they said our leaders are clueless and corrupt. That was how they described former President Goodluck Jonathan, but with the way the APC is running this country, can we say we have a country? Is the South-East not marginalised and denigrated?
He criticised the APC promised change
“The current economic crisis in the country is also alarming; our mothers cannot afford food items to sustain their families any more. Is this the kind of Nigeria we want for our youths? Is this the kind of change we want?
He said the PDP can not sit aloof
“By the special grace of God, we cannot sit back and allow the country to continue to decline.
“We cannot sit back without giving the APC good opposition, we cannot sit back and not rebrand, re-energize and revitalise the PDP so that by 2019, we can give the APC a purposeful opposition and contest as a party in order to win the next presidential election.”
He says the youth should be given opportunity to rule
“I believe the youths should be given the opportunity to run this country. It is my desires for us to have leaders at all levels below 45 years, while elder statesmen will sit back and give them direction.”