The Post Convention Reconciliation Committee of the People’s Democratic Party led by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has commenced in earnest a holistic process of reconciliation within the party as a fall out of the party’s December 9, 2017 National Elective Convention.
The Chairman of the committee, the Honorable Dickson told journalists on Tuesday after another meeting of the committee had reached out to aggrieved National aspirants/candidates with a view to addressing all emergent issues after the convention.
The Secretary to the Committee, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, said in a statement on Tuesday that the committee is already contacting all PDP Chairmanship Candidates including Chief Olabode George, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chief Rasheed Ladoja, to actualize effective reconciliation of all aggrieved parties.
Dickson said that the committee’s efforts so far was positive and was well received by all the contestants who were contacted shortly after the convention.
“We have established contacts already with those who are for one reason or the other dissatisfied and who have concerns, issues and grievances which is normal in an exercise such as this.
“We are pleased to report that our contact with all the major candidates and all the chairmanship candidates was very positive, our overtures were well received, and in the next couple of days and weeks, we are going to see a lot of activities undertaken by this committee, and also we are at liberty to coopt other party leaders whose input would be helpful. It is our intention to engage and interact with them with a view to promoting amicable resolution and better understanding within the PDP family.
Dickson also urged all members and leaders to avoid utterances which could inflame passion and send out the wrong and unintended messages within the party.
He stressed that the committee was against utterances from leaders and members which could aggravate the current situation.
“I want to also, on behalf of this committee make a serious appeal for all members and leaders of our great party with no exception, to be careful about statements they are making on this matter at this time. We don’t want a situation where statements that are provocative are made by party members and especially party leaders that will inflame passion. Our appeal to all party leaders and members is to exercise caution and to show restraint”.
He added that the committee would also interact with those who left the party in order to facilitate their return to the fold.
Members of the committee include Amb. Aminu Wali, (Deputy Chairman), Chief Onyema Ugochukwu (Secretary) Sen. Joy Emordi, former Minister of State, FCT, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, former Minister of Information, Chief John Ode, former Minister of Environment, Mr. Laurentia Mallam and former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Waziri Maina