By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- Bayelsa State governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Post- Convention Reconciliation Committee, Mr. Henry Seriake Dickson, has said the greatest and most potent armoury at the disposal of the party are the Nigerian people.
The governor stated this in his remarks at a retreat for the new leadership of the party and Chairmen of the 36 States Chapters and the Federal Capital Territory which opened in Abuja on Tuesday.
“There is no armoury any where that is stronger than the power of the people. This new PDP should be thrown to the Nigerian people, including those in the grassroots so that popular candidates can emanate from the ordinary people; let the people own the party. These are the ways to reposition PDP for dominance and electoral victory. This is the abiding principle that fired the founding fathers to form the PDP in 1998 and the onus is on us more than ever before to consolidate this philosophy in concrete terms.
A press statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Francis Ottah Agbo noted that Dickson was speaking on Tuesday at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja at the National Chairman’s Inaugural Retreat with the theme: “Repositioning PDP For Dominance & Electoral Victory.”
The Governor who spoke on a sub-title: ‘Conflict Resolution in a political party’, said politics is all about management and resolution of crisis, including the management of conflicting tendencies.
The governor described all conflicts as legitimate, once they are within the confines of the party interest, stressing that conflict resolution is the duty of all party men and women not just for the party leaders or the Reconciliation Committee of the party.
Apart from conflict resolution and the management of crisis, Dickson said Politics mirrors conspiracy.
“But when we conspire, we must do it in the interest of the people and in the interest of the nation not conspiracy for self aggrandizement or conspiracy to fan the embers of disunity,” he explained.
He however maintained that any political conspiracy that’s insensitive to the ordinary people is not in the interest of the PDP because it is capable of de-marketing it and making the party to lose election in the future.
He said, “And when a political party works in the interest of the people, it wins election which is very important for the survival and consolidation of the party . Parties exist to win election mainly to deliver service to the people . When a party loses election, you wake up from the slumber to regain power and this was exactly why the new Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and the NWC have put together in this retreat to deepen the strategies of regaining power in 2019 and beyond.
“A party that doesn’t win election is a dead party. For PDP to bounce back, we must do things right, enthrone internal democracy more than ever before, field popular candidates who could win election and serve the people. The time to do that is now. ”
The Governor also hinted of the readiness of the Reconciliation Committee to engage Professor Taoheed Adedoja, one of the chairmanship candidates in the PDP elective convention with the view to persuade him to withdraw his suit he instituted against the party on Monday.