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)
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 its
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 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 summarised 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 start 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
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 said that, close interactions and
personal 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 adhere 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 is open to everyone, he nonetheless said, “Our resolve is 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 going to inaugurate this committee to continue
your good works.”