Blame game and name calling will not help the PDP | Seriake Dickson replies Makarfi

by Dolapo Adelana

Bayelsa governor Seriake Dickson, has said the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not come to an end if the blame game persists.

Dickson said this while reacting to a statement by Senator Ahmed Makarfi that he acted against what was agreed by PDP governors and former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Dickson, who is the chairman of the reconciliation committee had submitted a report to the court-backed Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

The report did not go down well with members of the Makarfi faction, to which Dickson belongs.

“Out of the 11 PDP governors, he (Dickson) pulled out and made a proposal, which he presented to Modu Sheriff. Well, for us the issues in the PDP are not just about conducting convention, it is about more fundamental issues,” Makarfi had said.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Dickson said the “ongoing blame game, name-calling and propaganda will not in any way help” the party.

“We are by such actions de-marketing ourselves and playing into the hands of the All Progressive Congress (APC) which appears to be the major beneficiary of the crisis rocking our party,” Dickson said in a statement signed by Daniel Iworiso-Markson, his chief press secretary.

“What we should be doing now is to look for an amicable solution to come out of where we are, rally round ourselves and form a bond like never before since INEC had released the timetable for the 2019 general election.

“Secondly, everyone especially in the PDP governors forum can testify that I never supported Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman. I strongly canvassed against his choice because he was new to our party.

“I felt that we needed a fresh face for a new beginning. But as a democrat I believe ‎in the plurality of opinions which made me to tag along. Now with the appeal court judgment affirming him as the national chairman, it is only legal and strategic for all leaders of the party to engage him on a template such as what we have proposed.

“Our conviction is that the recommendations of the report chief of which is to hold a national unity convention will finally put an end to the hydra-headed crisis.”

Dickson advised those “who think they have a better solution outside what my committee has done should come forward with ‎it for the interest of our great party.”

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