By Samuel Oyadongha & Gabriel Enogholase
GOVERNOR Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has called on the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to focus more attention on how to recapture political power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 election.
Dickson, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said that the leadership of the PDP had a responsibility to come up with a candidate from the northern part of the country to actualize the project of recapturing power from the APC.
Dickson, a former Chairman of the party’s National Reconciliation Committee, advised that the leadership of the PDP should not focus excessive attention on the forthcoming national convention of the party scheduled for December 9, 2017, but rather view it as a means to an end.
The statement quoted Dickson as having made the comment while hosting Chairman of DAAR Communications, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, a contestant for the position of the party’s national chairman, at Government House, Yenagoa.
However, the governor said that the convention was very important as the PDP needed its successful conduct to get things right in preparation for the 2019 election.
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.
I consulted Edo PDP leaders before aspiring —Dokpesi
Also, Dokpesi 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 disclosed this weekend in Benin during his visit to the party’s secretariat along First East Circular Road in the state capital.