***Says Party Must Pay Special Attention To South-west
***Cautions Against Inflammatory Statements By Party Leaders
Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) post convention reconciliation committee and Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson, has charged the national leadership of PDP to commence ground work that will position the party to spearhead the broad base coalition that will defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
The governor, who stressed that the manifest destiny of PDP is to form a coalition to rescue the country, also told the party to caution it’s leaders against making inflammatory statements that could affect the reconciliation process within their fold.
Dickson who stated this while submitting the report of the reconciliation committee to the National Working Committee of PDP added that the party needs to pay special attention to the South-west region ahead of 2019.
Dickson had led a post convention reconciliation committee which met with aggrieved aspirants and members of PDP. However, some of founding members of the party who still felt aggrieved with goings on in the party, especially former ministers Prof Jerry Gana and Tunde Adeniran, have moved to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) which is being touted as the rainbow coalition ahead of the 2019 general election.
But presenting the report to PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, the Bayelsa governor, said part of their recommendation having met party chieftains across the country is for the party to assume the broad base coalition that will sack the APC in 2019.
He said “We have summarized some of our observations as follows; the first issue arises from our interactions and in view of what has gone on between the convention and now, and in light of the wishes of majority of this country, the hope and confidence that they have continued to place on our party, the committee is of the view that our party under your leadership should begin the ground work and making preparations that will enable our party to lead a broad based coalition which will defeat the APC in the 2019 general elections.
“This means our party leaders should be temperate with their words considerate in their actions. This means that our party should not join issues with persons who disagree with us, especially those who may have taken some actions different from what we have discussed while we were meeting.
“The party should begin to build alliances and begin to make inter personal contacts, even now. Everybody that has to be contacted should be contacted, including those who left for one reason or the other because the manifest destiny of our party in the democratic history of our country in view of 2019 general election, is to lead a broad base coalition. In that coalition all Nigerians of goodwill who believe in salvaging our country, will be brought together.”
While underscoring the need to give special attention to South-west region ahead of 2019, the governor noted that party leaders from the zone need to be supported by the party. He close interactions and personally meetings should be held with leaders who have one concern or the other.
He stressed that the party has to “Deepen our interaction in the south west to send the message that PDP has interest there and let them know no zone will be left out.”
He further urged the NWC to as quickly as time permits constitute all standing committees including a strategy committee that will begin to carry out preparations for the party for the task ahead.
He further cautioned that party leaders and members must adherence to rules and processes. Noting that PDP has a better democratic posture than other parties, he said “We have to deepen democracy and offer our platform for those who want to run on the party platform.”
He further congratulated the party leadership on its recent rally in Jigawa State, stressing that the mammoth crowd that attended the event “was a signpost of a quit notice to the other side.”
Responding on behalf of the NWC, Secondus assured that PDP under his watch is ready to join hands with other parties to ensure that the country is rescued from the APC.
While he noted that the party is re-branding and that the party is open to everyone, he nonetheless said “Our resolve to build the youths who are the future leaders.”
He assured the governor and his committee that their report will be adopted and will stand as point of reference for the party under his leadership. “Let me assure you that those things you recommended will be adhered to.”
He added “You will continue to serve as a standing committee. As you receive this report we are also inaugurate this committee to continue your good works.”
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