BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt –
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has berated those calling for the micro zoning of the national chairmanship position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the party’s national convention, insisting that the position was zoned to the entire South.
This is as he declared that the leaders and members of the PDP are working for the emergence of a national chairman who will drive the party to electoral victory in 2019.
Wike, spoke yesterday at Government House, Port Harcourt, when he granted audience to a national chairmanship aspirant of the PDP, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, said all stakeholders are building to reposition the PDP, noting that no zone has been left out in the political equation of the party.
The governor said, “The position of the National Chairman was zoned to the entire South. No region has been left out. PDP is not in power. PDP is an opposition party. We are working for a chairman that will drive PDP and make PDP to win elections.
“The chairman is not going to share contracts to any zone for you to say a particular zone is left out. It is only when a government is formed that you talk about a zone being left out.”
He stated that he will join other stakeholders to ensure that PDP emerges victorious in future elections, and charged party members to remain vigilant as the All Progressives Congress (APC) is working round the clock to sow seeds of discord amongst party members.
Wike, reiterated that he has no intention to vie for the position of vice president, saying that as a first term governor he is focused on the delivery of good governance to Rivers people.
The governor said, “I am a first term governor. How can I leave my state to go and vie for the post of vice president?”
Earlier, national chairmanship aspirant, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, called for the creation of level playing field for all aspirants, saying that only the best candidate should emerge to lead the PDP after the national convention.
Dokpesi solicited the support of the Rivers State governor and Rivers delegates of the PDP to the national convention.