PDP Convention: Chairmanship election was rigged – Dokpesi

Officials of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have been accused by two of the three aspirants for the office of national chairman of allowing systematic rigging of the election.

Raymond Dokpesi and Tunde Adeniran are squaring against a former chairman of the party, Uche Secondus.

Mr. Dokpesi told AIT TV that he complained about the circulation of a document referred to as “Unity List” to delegates asking them to vote for the people on the list.

He said the chairman of the electoral sub-committee of the convention, former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam, told him that there was nothing he could do about it.

On his part, Mr. Adeniran, through his spokesperson who spoke with members of the press at Eagles Square, venue of the convention, called for the cancellation of the entire exercise because it had been abused.

The convention committee had earlier announced the ban on all form of campaign at the venue of the convention.

The chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee, and governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa, while reacting to the issue, said his committee had not officially received any complaints about the conduct of the election.

Also, the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel, who spoke with AIT, said the “Unity List” in circulation could not affect the outcome of the election.

“I have not seen any delegate looking at a list before casting their vote and it is practically impossible for delegates to memorise all the 21 names on the list and remember them as they vote,” he said.

Mr. Emmanuel also said the list in contention could have emanated from any source.

Source: ( Premium Times )


  1. When do we learn to accept defeat in good fate. In elections candidates form camps. If there are more credible and competent candidates in a camp, even a dark horse in that camp will Piggy Ride on the back of these other candidates and win the election along with others in the camp.

  2. Was the circulated list used instead of the ballot papers for the election. Was the list stuffed into the box and counted as votes for canfidates whose names are there? Was the number of votes cast more than the accredited number of delegates?