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Dokpesi accuses S/West BoT of plot to hijack PDP

Broadcast mogul and PDP chairmanship contender, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has accused some members of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) in the south-west of planning…

Broadcast mogul and PDP chairmanship contender, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has accused some members of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) in the south-west of planning to hijack the party ahead of the convention. 

‎Some members of the BoT in the region last week said the BoT had shut out former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel; former governorship candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje and former governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja from the chairmanship race.

They however, said the region would reach a consensus on one of the three aspirants; a former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran,  ‎former Minister of Sports and Special Duties, Prof Taoheed Adedoja and former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Bode George. 

But speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, shortly after submitting his nomination forms at the PDP national secretariat, Dokpesi said it was wrong for the BoT members to take such a decision. 

He explained that the pronouncement had done a lot of damage to the political antecedents of the three aspirants, adding that ‎it was not in the interest of the party.  

The broadcast mogul said all the chairmanship contenders had agreed to sign an accord meant to work together and ensure that they support whoever emerges as winner. 

"Members of the BoT want to take over the party. Some people want to use BoT to take over the day to day running of the party.

"Members of BoT have been going out with some aspirants. They have been meeting delegates and stakeholders of the party. 

"Some of them as smart as they are, are peddling rumours that the BoT has endorsed some aspirants as their choice for national chairman. But we know that the BoT has not met," he said.

"We are in a haste to take over from the APC. It won’t be easy to take back power from the current government.

"APC will not hand over power on a platter of gold. We need a fighter; a strong party man. That is why we need a strong man to serve as chairman of the party," he said.

In a related development, Adedoja, picked his expression of interest and nomination forms to run for the office of chairman, while a former Minister of National Planning, Abubakar Sulaiman also declared his intention to run for the office of national publicity secretary. 
 

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