- Governor Seriake Dickson has called on Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to sit tight ahead of 2019 presidential election
- The governor said PDP should focus on how to remove All Progressive Congress from power
- He, however, noted that the party should not focus all its attention on the forthcoming national convention
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state called on the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party to pay more attention to regaining power from the ruling All Progressives Congress in the coming elections in 2019.
Punch reports that Dickson made this call in a statement through his special adviser on media relations Fidelis Soriwei.
He said the leadership of the PDP had a responsibility to come up with a candidate from the northern part of the country that can out the current government.
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According to him, “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 focused 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.
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''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 concerns that some party members were still stuck in the old way of doing things in the PDP, insisting that the convention must be credible, transparent and devoid of manipulation.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that former head of state Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida expressed displeasure over the way PDP chairmanship aspirants have involved money in politicking.
The retired general in a statement signed on his behalf by Prince Kassim Afegbua on Sunday, December 3, warned that the party’s national chairmanship position for which, its election has been billed for December 9, 2017, is not for sale.
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