As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) begins the process that will lead to its elective convention, two of its governors have given tips on the way forward.
The party last week regained its voice after the Supreme Court restored Ahmed Makarfi’s leadership.
Between today and tomorrow in Abuja, the party will hold its enlarged caucus meeting and the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting where decisions on the convention is expected to be taken.
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson called for a true reconciliation. His Rivers State counterpart Nyesom Wike urged vigilance during reconciliation.
In a statement at the weekend, Dickson urged sacked chairman Ali Modu Sheriff to support Makarfi.
He said true reconciliation and a national unity convention would build confidence in the party and “endear Nigerians to PDP and persuade those who had defected from our great party to return to PDP ahead of 2019.’’
Dickson said the judiciary only adjudicates on matters but never reconciles contending parties.
“Now that the Supreme Court has delivered the much expected judgment, the PDP must now reconcile and truly put its house in order to effectively play its role as the leading opposition party in Nigeria”, he said.
The governor added: ‘‘I call on Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his supporters and all contending parties in our great party, PDP to respect the verdict of the Supreme Court as the final arbiter.
“Without such support, genuine reconciliation cannot take place; without such support, the Caretaker Committee will have a herculean task organizing an acceptable convention, without genuine reconciliation, the party cannot move forward.’’
Wike, speaking at an inter-denominational thanksgiving service, said the Supreme Court judgment saved Nigeria.
“While we are reconciling, we must be vigilant. Nobody will take me unawares. Satan will never sleep. Satan will always find ways to cause havoc. Sheriff is an agent of the APC. Woe betides any person who is a mole of the deadly party.”
He said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) after winning elections have resorted to excuses and blame game instead of fulfilling the promises they made to Nigerians.
“Two years after the mandate what is the situation? Excuses and blames without delivery. Look at how individuals took it upon themselves to destroy the party that gave them life.
“PDP is the only party that is a household name in Nigeria. There is no unit in the country without a member of the PDP”.
The governor said Rivers State must get return on its contributions to the PDP.
“As we help you, you help us. If you don’t help us, we won’t help you. All of us must rise from our unit, ward and local government area to mobilise people”.
He added: “God saved PDP because of Rivers State. We don’t have plan B. Every other state had plan B. Our enemies will be put to shame from time to time. Rivers State is the strongest PDP state.”
The thanksgiving service attracted PDP leaders from the 23 local government areas.