By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA— Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has called on members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, to close ranks and work together to brighten the prospects of the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Dickson, according to a statement, by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Agbo, made the call during an interactive meeting in Yenagoa with leaders of the over 6,000 APC members who defected to PDP.
Dickson maintained that PDP could not afford any distractions, especially now that it is in opposition but to intensify efforts at clinching power at the centre.
While assuring the returnees of their full integration into the party, Dickson described them as friends and brothers even as he stressed the need for politicians to focus on development after elections, in the overall interest of the people..
His words: “The PDP you left behind is not the same now. At that time we were in control of the Federal Government. But now, as you are all aware, we are in opposition. And, if we needed one another at that time, now that we are in opposition, hounded from all corners, this is the time we need ourselves more for the sake of our people, the Niger Delta and the Ijaw nation. We can’t afford any distraction.
“I don’t extend political fights beyond elections. All of you know, if when we want to fight, we know how to fight politically. The reasons why I don’t fight political battles after elections, especially in our kind of our environment, is because we don’t have people compared to other nationalities.
“Second, because of the challenges of development with scarce resources are humongous. Instead of dissipating my energy on fights, once elections are over, I concentrate on development.”
In their separate remarks, the state Chairman of PDP, Mr. Cleopas Moses and Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Fyneman Wilson, described the return of the APC members to PDP as home-coming and expressed the optimism that their reintegration would add more colour and value to the party.