One of the contestants for the position of the national chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, has congratulated the winner of the election, Mr Uche Secondus.
Dokpesi had initially on Saturday, protested the distribution of a ‘Unity List’ to the delegates at the Eagles Square, Abuja where the convention took place, on Saturday night.
Speaking to reporters, the Daar Communications boss also alleged that the names on the list were those who won various seats in the party’s leadership structure.
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“Our attention has just been drawn to an impunity and illegality that has been going on since we started voting about three hours ago.
“Apparently, every delegate that is available a copy of what you can find here, they call it the Unity List (raises copy of ‘Unity List’), which bear the same thing and all the names that are here are number 1 on all the cubicles for voting and this is supposed to be the list prepared by the governors.
“Our agents have been very disturbed. Everybody has come out to vote, has this list.”
He, however, noted that although he was not angered by the situation, he just wanted the press, as well as observers, to see that the process was not free and fair as claimed.
According to him, he had reported the case to the Chairman of the electoral committee, Mr Gabriel Suswam, as well as the chairman of the planning committee Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, but both seemed equally overwhelmed by the situation.
“I have personally approached governor Suswan who is involved in the management of this electoral process and he told me that he was taking necessary steps and that he personally even collected this Unity List from a governor.
“I approached governor Okowa who is chairman of the planning committee – he too is helpless so the names you have here is not unlikely to be what you will find announced later today.
“But unfortunately I am not pained, I am not angered, but the younger ones that are involved have come up with cries to me and I must take an appropriate step.
“Distinguished ladies and men of the press, the purpose of just drawing your attention and showing you this – collected from various delegates is to show very clearly that the process that is going on is very seriously marred,” Dokpesi stressed.
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On Sunday morning, however, hours after Secondus was eventually declared winner, Dokpesi in a statement, said that the delegates had spoken and he thanked all those who participated.
“I write to thank you (delegates) most wholeheartedly for voting at the just concluded Elective National Convention in Abuja.
“The delegates have spoken. I congratulate the newly elected Prince Uche Secondus led National Working Committee.
“You will recall that I said that the PDP must be the ultimate winner at the end of the contest. God bless the Peoples Democratic Party. Congratulations PDP as I wish all our members the best of luck,” he wrote.