Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has called on leaders and stakeholders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, to see the forthcoming convention in Abuja on December 9, as critical to the survival of the party.
Governor Dickson made the call on Tuesday, when a PDP National Chairmanship aspirant, Chief Bode George, led some of his supporters on a courtesy visit to Government House, Yenagoa.
He expressed the fear that, the window of opportunity to reorganize the PDP to enable it confront the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019 is fast closing and prayed that, the convention would be used to regain the trust of Nigerians.
“I have taken certain positions in terms of what is right for the party, in terms of how best to conduct ourselves, and how fast we need to move away from the mindset of the old to new ways of conducting party business and affairs, ” he said.
A Press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Francis Ottah Agbo, says Governor Dickson, who used the occasion to congratulate Chief George on his 72nd birthday, thanked him for offering to serve the party, noting that he has the capacity, experience and other requisite qualities to contest for the PDP National Chairmanship position.
He noted that, the crisis that engulfed the PDP was needless. He urged party leaders to be tolerant, patriotic and put aside their personal differences, not only in the overall interest of the party, but also to strengthen the country’s democracy.
The Governor also called for understanding among the aspirants and prayed for the conduct of a peaceful, free, and credible convention, which outcome should be acceptable to all, stressing the need for all to work together to get the processes right.
Earlier, the PDP National Chairmanship aspirant, Chief Bode George had explained that, he was in the state to solicit the support of Governor Dickson, as well as the state’s delegates to the December 9 convention in Abuja.
He said “I am here because the PDP is heading very soon to elect new managers to pilot the affairs of our great party and we need an experienced, tested captain to take the ship of our party safely back to harbour”
According to Chief George, there is need for the party to revisit the experiences of the past and study them with a view to avoiding the mistakes that led to the defeat of the party in the last general election.
He also called on those who had dumped the PDP to return to the party. “Those of our friends who have moved to other parties, now know they are tenants, let them come home and become landlords,” he stressed.
The PDP National Chairmanship aspirant prayed God to continually bless the governor with strength and wisdom to pilot the affairs of the state as well as complete his numerous development programmes to better the lot of the people.