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PDP Reconciliation: Dickson Visits Dokpe­si, Says Mandate Should Be Grabbing Power In 2019


ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – The chairman of the National Reconciliat­ion Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Gove­rnor of Bayelsa Stat­e, Henry Seriake Dic­kson, on Wednesday advised leaders and members of the party to place priority on the future in order to actualize the PDP mandate to take ov­er power in 2019.

According to him, wh­ile it was a fact th­at the past was impo­rtant as a guide to shape the future, the PDP leaders and me­mbers had a responsi­bility to focus their energy on the chal­lenges ahead of the party.

The governor, accord­ing to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, said Dickson threw the challenge while le­ading the members of the reconciliation committee on a visit to the chairman of DAAR Communications, High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, in Abuja.

He stated that the committee visited Dok­pesi to interact with him because of its awareness of the need to reach out to as many political leaders as possible who have played key roles in the party and whose efforts are crucial to the succ­ess of the party in the future.

Dickson commended Do­kpesi for his maturi­ty and love for the party as shown by the statement he issued accepting the outc­ome of the convention and restraining his supporters.

The governor said: “Now the convention has come and gone the way it did. As party leaders, we know that even though it was a family contest, there was need to reach out to leaders who have played key roles in the party, and whose contributi­ons moving forward would continue to be significant. We thou­ght we should intera­ct with you, to share ideas with you, to discuss some of the concerns and issues that have arisen af­ter the convention.

“Primarily, it is not with a view to loo­king back as much as we would like all of us to focus on the future to see how we can get to our des­ired destination. The purpose of this en­gagement is not so much with a view to looking at the past than the future. We know the past is impo­rtant to guide the future. But the purpo­se, the aim of this interaction is how we can move forward.”

In his reaction, Dok­pesi assured Dickson and the members of the committee of his determination to su­stain continuous sup­port for the PDP.

He stressed that he would not withdraw his support from the party as a result of the events which ch­aracterized the Dece­mber 9, 2017 National Convention òf the party which produced Chief Uche Secondus as national chairma­n.

Dokoesi said that his major mission was to oust the ruling All Progressives Congress from power in 2019.

He recalled his pre convention position that the outcome of the convention would accepted since bring chairman was not a do or die affair.

“There are quite a number of things that were said before the convention. I believe that Nigerians will recall that I said that the conventi­on and the election that we are going in­to was not a matter of life and death. That I did say that I was conscious of the fact that power co­mes from God, and wh­oever emerges, I will give my unconditio­nal support, to ensu­re that this party is able to fulfill its mission, to ensure that the challenges that are ahead can be overcome much more easily.

“I had defining mome­nts where I would ha­ve on that Saturday made one or two stat­ements that would ha­ve totally damaged the convention. But that is not my missio­n. My mission is to ensure that this pre­sent APC Government is removed out of of­fice.

“So whatever were the shortcomings, I had already agreed and and i signed docume­nts twice that I wou­ld unconditionally support whoever comes out of it.

“So here I am, I am willing, ready, prepared to allow the PDP have its breath. I pray for the PDP, I pray that we get it right. Be assured I will continue to give the PDP all the support that I need to give the party.

“I will not because of the events of that day withdraw my su­pport for the party. Except that the yo­unger generation that would be in charge at the helm of affa­irs, would have to be looking at the way and manner that sup­port would be given,” he said

He commended Dickson for his commitment and sacrifices in en­suring the prevalence of peace within the PDP.

Dokpesi stressed the committee’s visit was the first of its kind embarked upon by PDP leaders immedi­ately after a nation­al convention.

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