Sunday, May 29, 2016 3:10 pm
As the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) rebrands itself for the future, the Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee of the PDP and Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson,has in strong terms, advised PDP leaders to refrain from court actions as well as making provocative statements. According to the governor, resorting to provocations and litigations will jeopardise the on-going reconciliation in the party.
According to a press statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media Relations, Francis Agbo, Governor Dickson was speaking last Saturday in Kaduna when his committee visited the Caretaker Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi in his country home, in Kaduna. The governor noted that the problems confronting the party were political and can only be resolved through political solutions embedded in constructive dialogue, persuasion, genuine forgiveness and true reconciliation. Quoting copiously from the holy book, the peace maker said God rewards those who make peace, adding that all PDP leaders must work together for ‘‘our great party to regain its lost glory!
The Countryman Governor, therefore, calls on all contending forces to embrace dialogue in the settlement of disagreements. His words: ‘‘People should resort to political solutions and political solutions come by robust engagements, not litigation in the law courts. I see our great party emerge stronger, after the ruins of the past, I see a rebirth of a better PDP, and this process we have begun with reconciliation because we realize that this vision of rebirth can only come to pass if we all, irrespective of our interest, work as one!’’
While assuring Senator Makarfi that all PDP governors are solidly behind him, Governor Dickson said he was in Kaduna to consult with the chairman on the way forward for ‘‘our great party, PDP and country.’’ Meanwhile, Makarfi expressed confidence in the ability of Governor Dickson’s committee to unite all aggrieved parties even as he assured that the PDP will reclaim federal power in 2019 because according to him, PDP was only on ‘‘sabbatical…’’
After Kaduna, the peace maker stormed Jigawa State. Dickson and his team were received by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido in his country home at Bamaina, Birnin-Kudu Local Government Area. Lamido backed the on-going reconciliation in the party and called on all parties to sheath the sword for the re-invention of the party, which he said was in the overall interest of Nigerians, stressing that, Nigeria is in dire need of a virile PDP to bounce back to power in order to correct the wrongs and improve the living standards of Nigerians!