Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, has called on the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to pay more attention on how to regain political power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forth-coming 2019 election.
In a statement his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, Governor Dickson noted that the leadership of the PDP had a duty to come up with a candidate from the northern part of the country to actualize the project of recapturing power from the current government.
According to the statement, Dickson made the assertion while hosting the Chairman of DAAR Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, a contestant for the position of the PDP’s national chairman, at the Government House, Yenagoa.
Seriake Dickson, a former Chairman of the party’s National Reconciliation Committee, said it was important that the convention was viewed as a means to an end.
“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.
“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.”
Governor Seriake Dickson expressed concern 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.
Earlier, Dokpesi had told his host that he was in Bayelsa to solicit the governor’s support for his quest to become the next chairman of the PDP.
He explained that he was in the race for the position of chairman in consonance with the recommendation of the 88-man committee of the party which zoned the position of the Chairman to the South and the Presidency to the North.
Dokpesi also said that he consulted PDP leaders in Edo State before joining the race. He listed those he consulted to include the former Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, Chief Tom Ikimi; Senator Yida Braimah and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
High Chief Dokpesi made the disclosure this weekend in Benin during his visit to the party’s secretariat along First East Circular Road in Edo, the state capital.