Bode George,Dokpesi for PDP Chairmanship position

Bode George, Dokpesi For PDP Chairmanship Position Two zones in the southern part of the country, South-West and South-South, are in the race to produce the next national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, investigations by our correspondent have revealed.No member of the party in the other zone in the region, the South-East, is said to have expressed any interest in producing the national chairman of the main opposition party.It will be recalled that the decision to zone the office to the southern part of the country was reached at the party’s expanded nationalcaucus meeting in Abuja 10 days ago.The caucus also reaffirmed the zoning of theparty’s presidential ticket to the northern partof the country.Our correspondent gathered that the South-East opted out of the race because it had produced two national chairmen of the party in the past.They were Prince Vincent Ogbulafor and Dr. Okwesileze Nwodo.The other two zones have yet to produce any substantive chairman, but the South-South had produced Prince Uche Secondus as acting national chairman.Investigations by our correspondent howevershowed that two persons from Rivers State are showing interest in the race.They are a former Deputy Speaker in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Austin Opara and Secondus.Sedondus, a close ally of the State Governor, Mr. Nyeson Wike, is also said to have the support of the other four governors from the zone.He was already backed to emerge as the deputy national chairman of the party from the zone during the botched national convention which was originally scheduled to elect national officers of the party.The convention was held in Port-Hacourt on May 21, but without election of national officers.Popularly called “Total”, Secondus is said to have the support of majority of the governors, even outside the zone.A source close to Wike said that the governor would be happy if given the choice to present a candidate for the position from his state.“While other governors are sceptical of producing the chairman from their states, Wike is not. He actually wants to produce theoccupier of the office and that could be the reason why he has chosen to host the next national convention again,” the source added.It was also gathered that Opara may be the governor’s joker in case his colleagues insiston fresh set of officers at the party’s nationalsecretariat.Sedondus was part of the last National Working Committee of the party where he served as deputy national chairman.His loyalty to the party is also said to be working for him.Unlike the factional National Chairman of theparty, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, who called off the convention, Secondus played a major role in making the convention hold with his presence as he was the one that declared it open.It was also gathered that media mogul, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, has also shown interest in the office.Dokpesi, who was part of the PDP Rescue Group, played a major role with former ministers and others in making sure that Sheriff was eased out of office.Unconfirmed reports had it that he had already submitted a letter of intent to the party on his ambition.In the South-West, it was gathered that both Chief Bode George and Prof. Tunde Adeniranhave shown interest in the race.George, a former military administrator of Ondo State, was also a former deputy national chairman of the party.He is from Lagos State.Adeniran, who once attempted to become the national secretary of the party, was a former minister of education.He hails from Ekiti State.Both men were said to have divided the partyfrom the zone.While some believed that Adeniran does not have a faction in the party from the zone, others say he has no experience in party management.George who has experience in management of political party, is also being accused of belonging to a faction of the party in his home state.

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