There are indications that fresh crisis is springing up in PDP over the zoning of its national chairmanship position to the South-West.
Meanwhile, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, one of the serious contenders for the position from the South-South, has rejected the zoning arrangement and has picked the form to contest the office of the national chairman at the forthcoming national convention.
The convention holds in Port Harcourt on August 17.
Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, who was the first person to pay the mandatory N1m for the form, was reportedly represented by one of his sons at the party’s temporary national secretariat in Abuja.
The leaders of the party from the southern part of the country met in Port Harcourt on Thursday, where the decision to zone the office to the South-West was taken.
In the meeting attended by governors, National Assembly members and former ministers, the leaders of the part from the Southern Nigeria, also zoned the positions of National Treasurer and Deputy National Publicity Secretary to the South-West.
The party zoned the position of first Deputy National Chairman to the South-South. This zone also got the positions of National Legal Adviser, Deputy National Woman Leader and Deputy National Auditor.
The South-East got the the offices of the National Organising Secretary, National Youth Leader and Deputy National Financial Secretary.
Prince Uche Secondus and Austin Okpara from the South-South were indicated before the zoning, to be eyeing the office of the national chairman.
It is believed that the two men, who are from Rivers State, have agreed with the decision of the leaders of the party on the zoning and had jettisoned their ambition.
In furtherance of the zoning, a former Deputy National Chairman of the party from South-West, Chief Bode George had also picked form to run for the office of the national chairman.
George, after picking the form, reportedly promised to reposition and stabilise the party. Speaking, he said,
“It takes and experience captain to stabilise a ship hit by tornado. And if you know the crisis in PDP, that is the position the party is facing right now. But I am happy that all is not lost, and the condition has been enhanced, zoning has gone extremely well. I have paid my dues in this party and I should not be afraid of anybody.
Since 1999, I never left the party to anywhere. I met crises and problems. I have been able to resolve them. I have risen meritorious, from vice chairman South-West to deputy chairman (South) and deputy chairman overall. I have been able to resolve problems.
If people vote for me, I look forward to stabilise the party and put it in right position. The ruling party should get ready for serious engagement because we have started a cohesive battle ahead 2019.”