- The chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to regain power at the federal level in 2019 are slim
- This is the opinion of the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson
- Governor Dickson said some forces within the PDP are working against the party
Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, has said that the chances of the PDP regaining power at the federal level in 2019 is not feasible.
According to the governor, forces within the PDP are hell-bent on frustrating the party not to make any progress in the forth coming election.
He stated that the anti-democratic forces within the PDP are against a cohesive and a strong party that would take over power at the centre.
The governor made the statement during a media chat at the Government House, Yenagoa, on Sunday, October 22.
He said the major problem of the forces within the party is selfishness and egoism, adding that if nothing is done to address the problems, the party would not bounce back.
His words: "I was very serious about rebuilding the party to take over power at the centre and everyone knows what I did. I did everything, built consensus but I think there are forces within the PDP that are against a cohesive and a strong PDP that will take power at the centre.
"I pray that the party overcomes or realises the need to overcome these forces within the PDP that are placing selfish ambition and ego above the need to build a strong party that can take power at the centre.
“I am very prayerful and let me say that at this point I am hopeful that these forces that are trying to tear the party have the capacity to take the party from one crisis to another and to generate another crisis.
"I have said that over and over again that we need a strong cohesive party in government, which incidentally, the All Progressives Congress is not. We should also pray for the APC to get their acts together."
Governor Dickson expressed hope that the proposed convention of the party coming up in November would be able to address the internal problems of the PDP.
He said: "We are proposing to have a convention. Let us see how it goes. I think basically the PDP is suffering from a preponderance of people who have never tasted opposition politics.
"All their politics have always been with the party at the centre using everything for their election. They should learn from what we did here. I am the only governor who has won a governorship reelection in this state on the platform of a party that is different from the party at the centre; the only one so far.
"Of all the governors, I am the only one that has won a reelection when the centre is a different party. Now, I think later in November we shall see what happens in Anambra state. A number of people take this background for granted. So, I pray that the PDP survives. Nigeria needs PDP; Nigeria needs a strong party in opposition. I wish my party and the Nigeria democracy the best."
Meanwhile, the caretaker committee chairman of the Lagos state chapter of the PDP, Chief Babatunde Osolanke, is dead.
According to media reports, the PDP chieftain slumped and died at a popular hotel in Ikeja, the state capital.
He was reportedly rushed to the Lagos State university Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, after he slumped, but was confirmed dead on arrival.
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