Former Chairman, DAAR Communications and Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has said that 99.9 per cent of PDP members are with Senator Makarfi, the party’s caretaker chairman.
He made the assertion while speaking with newsmen in Kano over the leadership tussle in PDP between former Borno State governor, Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi.
According to him, only a handful who goes about with Senator Sherrif has access to the media, the court and may be the police.
He however, said contrary to insinuations that there was leadership tussle between Senators Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and Ahmadu Sherrif over who pilots the party affairs,such insinuation is not correct.
Dokpesi who is running for the National Chairman of the party, was during a campaign tour to Kano state clarified this position while speaking with newsmen, explaining that what looks like a leadership issue would amicably be resolved in no time in the overall interest of the party.
“Let me leave you in no doubt that 99.9 percent of PDP members are with Senator Makarfi as the caretaker chairman while only a handful who goes about with Senator Sherrif has access to the media, the court and may be the police.
“There is no querel between Makarfi and Sherrif because it is the party at the Port Harcourt gathering that mandated Makarfi to chair the caretaker committee to organize the national convention now scheduled to hold August 17th at portharcourt.
“Makarfi was in Kaduna when he was called upon to take this assignment being a two term governor, two term Senator and someone who has a good knowledge of the party, so he is not contesting any position with any body, it is the party decision as taken by the overwhelming stakeholders in Port Harcourt then,” he emphasised.
On his chances of emerging as the National Chairman of the party among other contestants, he said, “I am very ready to take on any contestant,” expressing optimism that his chances of emergence were very bright.
He explained that he had consulted widely and canvassed among party delegates who assured him of their support. ”I have gone round over 28 states canvassing for their support and their responses have been very encouraging and outstanding, so I am not afraid to take on anybody.
“My plans are to re-unite, re-energise, rebrand the party to its past glory,” he said.