A national chairmanship aspirant in Saturday’s National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Raymond Dokpesi, says he will not step down from the race for any reason.
Director-General of Dokpesi Campaign Organisation, Mr Baba Kachalla, made this known in a news conference on Friday in Abuja.
Kachalla debunked a rumour making the rounds that Dokpesi had dropped out of the race, saying it was untrue and mischievous.
He said it had become obvious that some PDP members masquerading as leaders were determined to sabotage and inflict damages on the well-organised and victory-bound aspiration of Dokpesi
“The position of this campaign organisation is that only delegates to the Convention can and will decide the fate of all aspirants at the Eagle Square on Saturday.
“We make bold to challenge the masquerades long known for their penchant for taking unpopular decisions that have brought defeat and humiliation to the PDP in the past.
“Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi has campaigned throughout the length and breadth of this country and will finish the race at the Convention grounds.
“Raymond Dokpesi has not and will not withdraw from the race for any reason whatsoever.
“The campaign organisation will like to ask a very simple question in the direction of those behind this wicked rumour.
“If the leaders and some governors hell-bent on ensuring victory for their aspirants are very sure of themselves, why ask Dokpesi to drop out of the race and resort to blackmail?”
Kachalla said that Dokpesi was not afraid to be defeated on the convention floor if the elections are free, fair and adjudged credible.
He condemned an advertorial published in a national daily on the outcome of the PDP South-South meeting held in Port Harcourt.
He described the advertorial signed by Dan Orbih, Edo State Chairman of PDP and Chief Felix Imoisili whose signature was missing, as totally misdirecting and misguiding.
“Those who were present at the meeting can testify that what was agreed was that delegates from the South-South are free to vote for the aspirant of their choice from the South-South.
“The PDP elective convention will remain what it is designed to achieve – elect new national officers for our great party.
“No amount of blackmail and intimidation will force Dokpesi to capitulate to the dark forces of imposition and impunity.”
Responding to question that Dokpesi met with some aspirants and agreed to step down, he said it was not true.
He said that the candidate had not met or discussed with anyone on the matter.