Seriake Dickson
Seriake Dickson

PDP Convention: Our Priority Should Be Recapturing Power in 2019 – Dickson


YENAGOA (Sundiata Post)be- The Governor of Baye­lsa State, Henry Ser­iake Dickson, has ca­lled on the leaders of the Peoples Democ­ratic Party to focus more attention on how to recapture poli­tical power from the ruling All Progress­ives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming election in 2019.

He advised that the leadership of the PDP should not focus excessive attention on the forthcoming na­tional convention of the party scheduled for December 9, 2017.

Dickson according to a statement by his Special Adviser (Med­ia Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, threw the challenge during a courtesy call on him by the DAAR Communi­cations Chairman Eme­ritus, High Chief Ra­ymond Dokpesi, a contestant for the position of the par­ty’s national chairm­an, at the Government House, Yenagoa.

He said that the lea­dership of the PDP had a responsibility to come up with a ca­ndidate from the nor­thern part of the co­untry to actualize the project to recapt­ure power from the APC.

Dickson, a former Ch­airman of the party’s National Reconcili­ation Committee (NRC) said that it was important that the co­nvention was viewed as a means to an end.

However, the governor said that the conv­ention was very impo­rtant as the PDP nee­ded its successful conduct to get things right in preparation for the 2019 elect­ion.

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He said, “And let me use this opportunity to caution our par­ty leaders across th­is country. I hope we are not focusing too much on this conv­ention instead of fo­cusing on winning fe­deral power.

“I think we should be strategic and focus and think of how to get an acceptable candidate through a fair process too, for all the zones; in a process that is op­en to all the three zones of the north so that we can get so­mebody who would have the support to win the presidency for us. That is the key thing.

“So I advise that pe­ople should not see the forthcoming nati­onal convention as an end in itself. Peo­ple should see it ra­ther as a means to an end. Nevertheless, the convention is important because we need to get it right; the process itself must be right and the outcome should al­so be acceptable so that we can now move to the next stage.”

The governor express­ed concern that some party members were still stuck in the old way of doing thin­gs in the PDP and in­sisted that the fort­hcoming convention must credible, transp­arent and devoid of manipulation.

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Dickson who also com­mented on the specul­ations about endorse­ment of candidates for positions in the party stressed that only the convention had power to endorse candidates.

He, therefore, advised the aspirants to in­teract with the aspi­rants.

Earlier, Dokpesi had told his host that he was in Bayelsa to solicit the governo­r’s support for his quest to become the next chairman of the PDP.

He explained that he was in the race for the position of cha­irman in consonance with the recommendat­ion of the 88 man co­mmittee of the party which zoned the pos­ition of the Chairman to the South and the Presidency to the North.

Dokpesi also said th­at the South South which he described as the most vulnerable region which is open to attack by the APC Administration de­served a committed representation a pers­onality of courage and vision like Dicks­on who stood his gro­und to defeat the APC in the last govern­orship election in Bayelsa.

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