One of the serious contenders for the position of National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party from the South-South, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, has rejected the zoning arrangement of the party and has picked the form to contest the office of the national chairman at the forthcoming national convention.
The convention holds in Port Harcourt on August 17.
Dokpesi, who was the first person to pay the mandatory N1m for the form was represented by one of his sons at the party’s temporaryn Abuja.
The son, Raymond jnr., refused to speak with journalists after he paid and collected the form.
The leaders of the party from the southern part of the country met in Port Harcourt on Thursday where the decision to zone the office to the South-West was taken.
The South Western leaders of the party alo zoned the positions of National Treasurer and Deputy National Publicity Secretary to the South-West.
The party zoned the position of first Deputy National Chairman to the South-South. This zone also got the positions of National Legal Adviser, Deputy National Woman Leader and Deputy National Auditor.
The South-East got the the offices of the National Organising Secretary, National Youth Leader and Deputy National Financial Secretary.
Before the zoning, there were indications that two other persons from the South-South were eyeing the office of the national chairman. They are Prince Uche Secondus and Austin Okpara.
It is believed that the two men, who are from Rivers State, have agreed with the decision of the leaders of the party on the zoning and had jettisoned their ambition.