THE national chairmanship hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has demonstrated that it lacks the capacity and experience to lead a united and prosperous Nigeria.
Dokpesi who disclosed this during his meeting with delegates from Ebonyi state at the party secretariat in Abakaliki, said that APC came to power by accident and has failed to fulfill its campaign promises.
“The APC has shown they came to power by accident with no clear plan on how to govern the country. They lack the required capacities and experiences to lead Nigeria.
“Those that said they have better ideas than the PDP have left the country in hunger. They have divided the country and failed to deliver on their electoral promises. The cost of kerosene, diesel, tomatoes, garri, rice and others are at all-time high,” he had earlier stated at Enugu where he was warmly received and assured of support.
The media mogul maintained there is no faction in the PDP, noting that the era of impunity is gone for good in the party. “There is no faction. It is a group of persons living in the past, in the era of impunity. They will not succeed because the will of God and the wishes of the 99.99 per cent party faithfuls will prevail,” he said.
He told the delegates that he is ready to rebuild, rebrand and reposition the party, adding that APC has failed Nigerians.
“I am soliciting for your support so that I can serve you. I am a builder and a pioneer in so many areas, so, I am ready with your permission to rebuild our great party for Nigerians. In 2015, our then presidential candidate, former president Goodluck Jonathan maintained that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. It is a lesson that democracy can work in Africa. With your support, I will lead a vibrant PDP as opposition and we will present candidates that will win in 2019 so that power can return to the people,” he said.
The Ebonyi State PDP chairman, Barrister Onyeka Nwebonyi, lauded Dokpesi for presenting himself to serve the party at a critical time.
He assured him that the state will not disappoint him because he has the credentials to lead the party.
“PDP is facing a critical challenge and we require an experienced, intelligent and God-fearing leader like you. You are qualified to lead the party. We will take your message to our leader, the governor of the state, that you have met the delegates and offered to serve the party. We are united and we will not disappoint you at the convention. From the reception and the reactions of delegates to your speech, you can see that you are at home and we are for you,” he said.
Dokpesi and his team, made up of eminent Nigerians, including the former Chief whip of the senate, Victor Kassim Oyofo, Mrs. Kafilat Ogbara, Prince Lekan Tejuoso have visited Edo, Delta, Anambra, Imo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Abia, Enugu with a promise to tour all the states of the federation before the August 17 National Convention.