AS the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP begins rebuilding its leadership structure at the national level, Bayelsa State governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has called for a transparent and credible national congress to be held with the next three months.
Dickson said in statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Markson-Iworiso, that the call became expedient in view of the magnitude of the assignment that awaits the National Executive Council in the coming years, as the party would be seeking to reclaim its mandate at the federal level.
Governor Dickson, who gave this advise during an interactive session with the forum of former federal ministerial appointees of the party in Abuja, opined that the congress should cater to every interest group and ensure that the process engenders unity of purpose among party faithful in every part of the country.
Former ministers who attended the interactive session include, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Femi Fani-Kayode, Chief (Mrs.) Josephine Anenih, Mohammed Wakil and Alhaji Kabiru Turaki, Chairman of the forum.
Dickson also used the occasion to urge the Forum of Former Ministers to rally round the new chairman of the party, Senator Alli Modu Sheriff, as he begins to properly reposition the party for greater progress in the future.
While advising them against litigation over internal party misunderstanding and their recourse to divisive and inflammatory comments in the media, the governor “appealed for support for the new PDP chairman and the need for members of the forum to align with the position already taken by NEC in respect of the leadership issues affecting the party.”
The governor also called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to produce a timetable that will lead to the conduct of a conclusive and transparent convention.
Dickson thanked and appreciated them the former ministers who attended the session, not only for their continued membership of PDP, but also for their effort at putting together the forum to further strengthen the party.