Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, has called on the 12 presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to avoid disparaging utterances as they campaign ahead of the party’s national convention.
In a statement on Monday, Fidelis Soriwei, Special Adviser on Media Relations, quoted the governor stating that it was pertinent for the presidential aspirants to avoid the use of words that could affect party cohesion as the country moves closer to the 2019 elections.
Dickson, who is the chairman of the party’s standing committee on reconciliation, noted that utterances seemingly targeted at critical organs of the party and the governors should be avoided in the interest of a repositioned and formidable PDP.
He said there was no division within the organs of the party and its governors as all the critical stakeholders were engrossed in moves to produce a viable presidential candidate through a credible convention acceptable to all members of good conscience in desire of the party’s victory in the general election.
He said publication in some quarters depicting division within the PDP, its organ and governors were untrue and should be discountenanced.
He stressed that the governors, the BOT, the National Working Committee were part of the committee that is saddled with the responsibility of producing a candidate for the party through a free, fair and credible process.
He assured all the presidential aspirants of the commitment of the governors to a fair process, designed to make the party stronger after the convention.
According to Dickson, the party is looking forward to the emergence of a candidate that would enjoy the support of the leadership and the membership of the party.
He said: “I wish to urge all presidential aspirants of our great party to avoid disparaging remarks that are suggestive of division among the critical organs of the party and the governors. No such division exists.
“The fact is that the governors are working with the National Working Committee and BOT of the party to midwife a credible process that will produce a strong and acceptable candidate for the PDP as we move closer to the battle ahead.”