By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – Media mogul and national chairmanship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Raymond Dokpesi has promised a level playing field for Presidential aspirants on the platform of the PDP if he emerges chairman at the December 9 convention.
Dokpesi made the pledge in the ancient city of Kano, North West Nigeria in continuation of his consultations to drum support for his aspiration.
Dokpesi said he was aware that the objective of the PDP was to win the Presidency in 2019, stressing that he would do everything possible to prevent a manipulation of the process
“I am very conscious of the fact that our illustrations son from Kano are looking forward to contesting the 2019 Presidential election.
“First of all, we must have a party and the first step is to create a National Working Committee that I can work along with to ensure that there is justice, fairness and equity.
“I want to pledge firmly that we shall provide a level playing ground for all the Presidential aspirants from all the 19 Northern States to contest the office of the President.
“We shall not manipulate any regulation. We will be transparent, and whoever God has chosen, may he allow to lead us to victory.
He urged the delegates to vote on merit, not on sentiment.
“I want to appeal to you to look at and choose anyone who you believe is ready to sacrifice for this party.
“Vote for any one anyone you know has been consistent with this party when it was raining and when we needed umbrella over our heads.
“I want you to look at all the candidates and ask yourselves who among these candidates has been a bridge builder and helped to reunite Nigeria. I am interested in Nigeria unity,” he said.
He advised PDP members not to allowed themselves to be used by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or any PDP member to destroy the party, especially those planing to hold a parallel convention.
Jinjiri Dutse, Zonal Auditor, representing the PDP National Deputy Chairman (North West) said that the zone was prepared for the December convention.
He promised Kano state support for Dokpesi, adding that the state would also canvas votes from other states in the zone for the aspirant to become next PDP national chairman.
Baraka Sani, who is vying for National Women Leader, also speaking at the occasion said Dokpesi has demonstrated commitment to the ideals of the party.
“This is what is expected from leaders. Tell us what we can verify, not something in the air. Let us see it, something we can touch or feel,” she said.