Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state has confessed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot survive without the southwestern part of the country.
Dickson, who is the chairman of the party’s national committee on reconciliation, said the PDP needed the full support of its members in the zone to effectively succeed in 2019.
A statement by his spokesperson, Fidelis Soriwei, noted that Dickson said this when he led the reconciliation committee on a visit to the former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, in Lagos on Thursday, December 14.
He commended Daniel, who stepped down from the party’s chairmanship race, and explained that the committee was in the south-west to discuss the issues that arose at the convention which produced the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC).
“We come with greetings from the leadership of the party that you consolidated, the party that you served as governor for eight years.
“We are here to thank you and to remind you that you are still a pillar of our party, in your state, in the South West, and across Nigeria. The party is relying on your wise counsel.
“You and your colleagues woke up our party when you went round the entire country to campaign. Our party, the PDP, is a viable political platform.
“We are here to discuss the issues that have arisen as a result of the convention. The party holds you, Ogun state, and the South West zone in very high esteem.
“Moving forward, we rely on your support, guidance of leaders like you to succeed.
“We look forward to your active robust participation in the affairs òf the PDP going forward,” Governor Dickson said.
In his reaction, former Governor Daniel said he is not even contemplating leaving the party because it was too late to even do so.
He assured that PDP members in the zone would work for its success, but noted that there were grievous mistakes and wrong assumptions, which should have been avoided.
“From bottom of my heart, I really want to thank you for your commendable efforts and for the strength of this powerful delegation; for you to have decided to leave whatever you were doing to embark on this mission of reconciliation after the convention, even within a few days, is something quite commendable.
“And I want you to be rest assured that we will do everything that is humanly possible to make sure that our party, the PDP, succeeds.
“No doubt that there are issues. Of course, the issues are usually expected when you have this kind of struggle.
“I also know that grievous mistakes have been made, and assumptions that ordinarily shouldn’t have happened have happened.
“But we also are sufficiently experienced to appreciate that the struggle for power is not a tea party. And quite a number of people in the process play anyhow whether fair or foul.
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“But I think the responsibility of our party and of leadership is what you have demonstrated. That when we do have challenges, rather than sit back, and brood over our challenges, you have stood up to do what is expected.
Most importantly, you can be assured that on my part, for eight years I flew the flag of the PDP, and of course, if you look at my forehead, the only thing you will see there is PDP,” Daniel said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has concluded plans to launch an all-time action that would see some members of the All Progressives Congress return to the opposition party ahead of 2019.
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