The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may be heading for a fresh round of crisis following the insistence of a leading chieftain of the party, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, to contest for the office of the party’s national chairman.
Leaders of the PDP from the Southern part of the country, led by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, had met in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital last Thursday, where it was agreed that the position of the national chairman of the party should be zoned to the South-West, which has never occupied the office.
But Dokpesi, who is from the South-South zone and was already neck-deep into his campaign for the exalted position with his nationwide tour, which has seen him visit over 15 states, defied the party as he went ahead to pick the party’s nomination form after paying the mandatory N1m at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
There are however fears that Dokpesi’s action will not only polarise the party, but plunge it into further crisis ahead of its convention coming up on August 17 in Port-Harcourt.
The media mogul’s son, Raymond Jnr, who picked the form on his behalf, however, refused to speak with journalists after collecting the form.