Sunday, May 3, 2015 1:42 pm
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Threatened by mass defections due to the split in the state branch of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, and the loss suffered by President Goodluck Jonathan at the polls, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state has told party faithful that the party would be re-organised to clinch power in 2019.
Governor Dickson gave the assurance during his monthly interactive session with PDP members at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa, the state capital, urging them not to despair as the party would bounce back soon.
He noted that, the party had been running the affairs of the country for 16 consecutive years, assuring that PDP remains the only party that is well co-ordinated and focused to deliver the dividends of democracy in the State.
Governor Dickson recalled that the party swept the polls in the last elections, as it won 20 out of the 22 seats declared so far for the State House of Assembly, in addition to the 3 senatorial and the 5 House of Representative slots in the National Assembly.
He urged members of the PDP to be hopeful and trust in the party’s ability to win the two constituency seats in the State Assembly that were declared inconclusive in the last election.
According to him workshops would be organized to mobilize and sensitize its members towards repositioning the party as a formidable political platform to be reckoned with.
The Governor said he would hold consultations with the party leadership to organize a thanksgiving service to acknowledge the role of God in the affairs of the State, as there has been relative peace and stability, since he came on board as well as a victory rally to demonstrate the PDP’s supremacy at the State level.
Earlier, the Acting Chairman of the State PDP, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, had ascribed the party’s success at the polls to the PDP’s leadership and commended the Governor for his unwavering support for President Jonathan and the manner he has steered the party’s affairs.
Chief Dokubo-Spiff, who eulogized the Governor’s qualities, expressed his conviction that Governor Dickson would be elected come 2016 to serve a second term in office given his record of achievements.
Also Speaking, Secretary of the State PDP, Mr. Godspower Keku, said the monthly interactive sessions with the State Working Committee and other party officials was one of the key factors that resulted in the electoral victory in the state.