local government areas of the state. Convention’ll determine PDP’s fate – Dickson

By Patrick Andrew

Abuja

Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Seriake Dickson, has said that the survival of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would depend largely on the outcome of its forthcoming December 9 National Convention in Abuja.
Dickson, who spoke when a PDP National Chairmanship aspirant, Chief Bode George, visited him in Yenagoa, therefore urged the party to use the convention to re-launch itself and reclaim the trust of Nigerians.
The governor, who warned against acts capable of further denting the image of the party, said the convention was the window of opportunity it needs to reorganize and be in position to confront the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Francis Agbo, said: “I have taken certain positions in terms of what is right for the party, in terms of how best to conduct ourselves, and how fast we need to move away from the mindset of the old to new ways of conducting party business and affairs”.
He described Chief George as a man with the capacity, experience and other requisite qualities to contest for the PDP National Chairmanship position.
He noted that, the crisis that engulfed the PDP was needless and urged party leaders to be tolerant, patriotic and put aside their personal differences in the overall interest of the party and the country’s democracy.
Earlier, George explained that, he was in the state to solicit the support of Governor Dickson, as well as the state’s delegates to the December 9 convention in Abuja.
He said: “I am here because the PDP is heading very soon to elect new managers to pilot the affairs of our great party and we need an experienced, tested captain to take the ship of our party safely back to harbour”