The Nigerian media businessman turned politician, Chief Raymond Dokpesi has taken responsibility for the formation of All Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) as a substitute over the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The founder of Africa Independent Television, AIT who is currently vying for the position of PDP Chairmanship, recounts his reasons for the formation of APDA, which he was a major player.
He justified that the formation of the new APDA as necessary action because of the internal crisis in PDP which denied their members the rightful opportunities to contest under the name of the party, a fault attributed to the former Chairman Ali-Modu Sheriff.
Now that the Supreme Court has doused the crisis that rocked the party, Dokpesi said:
“I take full responsibility for the roles I played in the formation and funding of APDA. It was set up as a plan B for the PDP at the peak of its internal crisis.”
“We did not want to take chances. Our genuine members were being deprived opportunity to contest as Sheriff kept shutting the door against them.
“So there grew the urgent need for an alternative platform through which our ordinary members could run elections as councillors, and local government chairmen. We cannot fold our arms and simply watch on.
“It was not done by me alone. All the organs of the party were part of the decision to form APDA. At a point, I wrote to all party governors to tell them that there is need for members of the party to know.”
Although, AIT founder is having a case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for his involvement in Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 campaign, he remains undaunted in becoming the next chairman of the opposition party.
He called on the party’s leadership to uphold the decision of the party on its chairmanship which has been zoned to the south.
He added: “The national convention zoned the position of the national chairman to the south and zoned the presidency to the north. And there is no micro zoning; the convention would have said it is zoning to the south-west, but the convention in its wisdom did not do so.
“The Ike Ekweremadu committee said the chairmanship should go to the entire south while the president goes to the north. We should allow all parts participate fairly.
“Anybody trying to manipulate this does so at a great risk for the party. An 88-member committee considered this
and affirmed that the zoning should between north and south”