The Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has called on the Forum of Former Ministers of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to support the new Chairman of the party, Senator Alli Modu Sheriff.
Gov. Dickson gave the charge at a meeting he had with members of the Forum on Thursday in Abuja, advising against litigation over internal party misunderstanding and counseling the members against their recourse to divisive and inflammatory comments in the media.
He also called on the members of the Forum to align themselves with the position already taken by the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party in respect of the leadership issues affecting the PDP, while urging the National Working Committee, NWC, to produce a timetable soonest that will lead to the conduct of a conclusive and transparent convention.
A statement by Gov. Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Markson-Iworiso, after the meeting, thanked and appreciated the Forum members for their continued membership of the PDP, as well as for putting together the Forum to further strengthen the party.
According to the statement, “The governor commended the former ministers for the inclusion of all members who served between 1999 till date, which has created a diverse blend of human assets which the party needs, especially now that the PDP is in opposition. Dickson urged them to join hands with other leaders and statutory organs of the party in the onerous task of re-building and re-positioning the party.
“The countryman governor seized the opportunity to call on other senior members of the party to put themselves in an organised platform and be ready for effective mobilisation of all party men and women across the country. He reiterated the call for the inclusion and respect of all major stakeholders of the party especially now that the party is in opposition.”