By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- Newly registered Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) has faulted the claim by media mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi of being the founder and financier of the party.
In a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Tosin Adeyanju, APDA urged Dokpesi to make available in the public domain, the cost he incurred in founding the party.
“APDA challenges Chief Dokpesi to make public the expenditures that made him the financier of the party. APDA also challenges him to name the PDP governors and the federal government agency which he claimed is sponsoring APDA. These two clarifications would easily exonerate him or clearly show that his claims are not true for what it is worth,” the statement read in part.
According to the party, the bond between Dokpesi and APDA is a media partnership in the period leading to the formation and registration of the party.
“For the records, the National Chairman, Mallam Shittu Mohammed approached Chief Dokpesi to partner us with his media outfit during the process leading to the registration of the party and the present national secretariat was equally donated by the national chairman as well.
“It is public knowledge that all the PDP family disowned and has continuously refuted any relationship with the APDA. The Caretaker Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman and the National Publicity Secretary of the party has severally issued statements to this effect,” Adeyanju wrote, stressing that “APDA is not a plan B to any political party but welcomes any political leaning that identifies with its social democratic ideals which is hinged on returning our country back to the path of prosperity and inclusive governance.”
The statement further added that there is no better indication of the little influence the Edo High Chief has on the party than his recent confession that at no point did he leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“That Dokpesi claim that he never left PDP for a micro second is a clear testimonial and a vindication of the held position of APDA on his status in our party and we wish him well in his bid for the position of the PDP chairmanship.
It would be recalled that Dokpesi had claimed recently that APDA was promoted and financed by him as a plan B for the Ahmed Makarfi-led group of the PDP.
“I have no apology to tender to anyone for the registration of APDA. Having achieved plan A, APDA should complement PDP and not be antagonistic to it. Unfortunately the interim officers of the party whose tenure expired in June 2017 were infiltrated by some PDP governors & leaders as well as a federal government agency to ensure that the Makarfi group is denied benefit of registering the party in the first instance. I will fight with my last blood to ensure that APDA does not constitute any embarrassment to PDP,” Dokpesi was quoted as saying recently.