Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it would need the full support of its members in the South-west to effectively execute its plan to regain political power, chairman of the party’s National Reconciliation Committee and governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has said.
The committee was in the South-west to discuss the issues that were thrown up by the last convention which produced the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC).
A statement issued yesterday by Dickson’s Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, said the governor stated this when he led the reconciliation committee on a visit to the former Governor of Ogun state, Gbenga Daniel, in Lagos.
Dickson, who commended Gbenga Daniel, a chairmanship aspirant in the December 9, 2017 convention of the party, said that the PDP would need the support and the wise counsel of Daniel and other leaders in the South-west to succeed in its objectives.
He also pleaded with the former governor of Ogun state to sustain continuous participation in the affairs of the party, saying: “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.”
Daniel, in his response, said it was too late for leaders of the PDP of his status to contemplate leaving the party and assured his guests that the PDP in the South-west would do everything to ensure the success of the party in 2019.