- Chief Raymond Dokpesi says he has no immediate plan to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress contrary to media reports
- The respected Peoples Democratic Party chieftain disclosed this while addressing party faithful in Edo state on Tuesday, December 17
- He said those who left the party recently, including a former governorship candidate, did so for selfish reasons
Media mogul and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), High Chief Raymond Alegho Dokpesi, says he has no immediate plan to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Dokpesi, who was reacting to unconfirmed media reports that he had dumped the PDP, disclosed this while addressing party faithful in Agenebode, Estako east local government area of Edo state on Tuesday, December 17.
He said those who left the party alongside Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former governorship candidate of the party in 2016, did so for selfish reasons.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying: “There has been a number of defection from the party. People who were said to have gone with Ize-Iyamu. In reality, only those people who were after their personal interests have defected to the APC.
“Majority of the people are still in PDP. It is most unfortunate to say that I have left for APC. I came down to reassure the people that there is no iota of truth in the story that I left the PDP. I am fully in the PDP. There is nothing that will attract me to the APC.
“I have no cause to go to APC for now. Ize-Iyamu was the PDP candidate in 2016. There are other younger, brilliant people in the PDP. The leaders of the PDP will look for the best candidate who will serve the interest of the people. Ize-Iyamu’s departure will not affect the fortunes of PDP in future.”
Meanwhile, over 1,000 former members of the PDP in Sapele local government area of Delta state dumped the party for the APC three months ago.
The defectors who were led by a former commissioner in the state, Abraham Bobo, were officially received into the APC inside the Sapele LGA secretariat of the APC.
Other notable leaders of the PDP who dumped the party were Chief W. Ayomanor, Onoriode Temiagi, Dr Joseph Ogodo, Mr Anthony Ayomanor, Sunday Umukoro, and Chief Onomor along with their supporters.
In a related development, a former governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido, has said members of the PDP in the state are free to decamp to another political platform, stressing that there is no compulsion in the membership of a party.
The former governor, made the statement on Tuesday, October 22 while addressing members of the party in Dutse, the state capital.
He said the meeting was convened to fill the vacuums created in the party’s leadership as a result of defection or death at zonal, state and local government levels adding that, those that left simply because the party lost out in the last general elections, would soon realize that only PDP was the political party worth dying for.
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