FOLLOWING a fresh zoning arrangement, media magnate and the Emeritus Chairman of Daar Communication, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, will today at Benin city, the Edo State capital launch his bid to become the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The position, earlier zoned to the North was stepped down at a reconciliation meeting held recently in Abuja, where stakeholders in attendance reached the consensus that since the North would produce the presidential flag bearer of the party in 2019, the South should go ahead to produce the chairman of the party.
The AIT boss, according to a statement from his campaign organisation, will before the public declaration, visit the Royal Father of his home town, the Okumagbe of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, George Eghabor, to get royal blessing for his bid.
Dokpesi will afterward proceed on a tour to meet PDP delegates who will take part in the upcoming convention of the party and share with them his idea “that returning power to the people must first begin with discussions with the people.”
The kick off, it is expected will mark many other leaders of the party also declaring their pursuit of the seat, with at least six prominent members of the party are interested in bidding for the seat.
According to reports, some of the stalwarts who may seek to become the chairman of the party in the August 17 rescheduled national convention in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital are former deputy national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Olabode George, former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran.
Others are the candidate of the party in the Lagos State governorship election in 2015, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, another member of BoT, Chief Shuaib Oyedokun and Chief Bode Olajumoke.