While addressing party members and delegates in Asaba the capital of Delta state on Monday, the candidate for the national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Raymond Dokpesi, disclosed that with him at the helm, the party will ‘take over in 2019′.
The AIT boss who traced the party’s fall to its deviation from the visions of its founding fathers, said the easiest way for it to warm its way back into the hearts of citizens is for members to return to those ideals, and asked them to embrace the visions of the founding fathers of the party.
According to Dokpesi, the vision of PDP founding fathers was “to establish a political party that would promote national unity and would accommodate the opinion and voice of every citizen under a common umbrella.”
The influential Edo State politician who is currently on a nationwide campaign tour, said; “The PDP founding fathers wanted a party whose operations would be guided by democratic principles, create jobs for its teeming population and make life a lot more meaningful for the people.
“However, over time, the party has shifted focus away from these noble ideals, and has lost track in the process. To get back on track, we must be willing to readjust ourselves to the realities of current political challenges.
“The only way to do so is to return to the visions of the founding fathers of the party, a vision that guarantees internal party democracy and allows only the best from amongst the people to represent us.
“Let us sit back and reflect. We have deviated from the visions of our founding fathers and we need to retrace our steps very quickly,” she said.
He reminded members about the leadership crisis currently hitting the party at the national level, putting it down to the emergence of Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman, and the credibility baggage hanging around the man when the party opened its doors to him.
“I have come to properly unite the party and bring all contending forces together and make PDP virile one more,” he said, urging party members in the state to remain steadfast.
“I am confident that with me in charge of the affairs of the party, PDP will bounce back to glory in no time. If we do our little bits, we will bounce back to glory and it would be good for delta state,” he said.