Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Reconciliation Committee and Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Henry Seriake, on Wednesday held a valedictory session with the members of the committee.
The session which was sequel to the dissolution of the committee was held at his Maitama lodge in Abuja and attended by almost all committee members.
Those present were a former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu; former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abba Gana; current member of the Senate from Gombe South, Senator Joshua Lidan; Ambassador Umaru Damagun and member, PDP Board of Trustees, Hajiya Hauwa Musa Kida.
The governor thanked them for their collaboration and dedication to duty before proceeding for a meeting with the chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee (NCC), Senator Ahmed Makarfi at his Maitama residence.
Dickson used the visit to once more, congratulate the PDP and particularly the NCC for the Supreme Court judgement which he described as widely acclaimed.
The governor said he proposed to Makarfi the dissolution of all standing committees of the party following the Supreme Court verdict because doing so would enable the party set up new committees with fresh hands to give the PDP fresh breath especially in managing conflict and deepening reconciliation.
Having been dissolved, the governor said he held valedictory session with his committee members and thought it wise to formally meet with the chairman after winding down.
Dickson said: “After the valedictory session, I have to lead my colleagues on the committee to visit you and use this opportunity to once more congratulate and thank the party for the opportunity that was given us to serve in the capacity we served…
“All of us are believers in our party and we are available to serve our party in any way deem fit in future.”
He called on all leaders and stakeholders of the party to support the NCC to deepen reconciliation and deliver acceptable Unity National Convention within the shortest possible time.
While stressing that the court only adjudicated and did not reconcile, Governor Dickson urged the NCC and all leaders of PDP across board to embark on deliberate genuine reconciliation.
He added that it was by so doing that the PDP would regain its lost glory.
Said he: ‘‘All of us in the committee met and reviewed our activities and remain convinced today just as we were convinced about the work we did months back that the way forward for our party is reconciliation, reconciliation and reconciliation. The way forward is dialogue, dialogue and dialogue.
“The Supreme Court does not reconcile, it can only adjudicate and that is why political solution to a political problem is usually the best option in a democracy. Now that the Supreme Court and the judiciary have done their job, we are counting on your experience and leadership with the support of all leaders to still deepen reconciliation. It is now the business of political leaders and party leaders under your leadership to build a united strong party that will be the Horse that Warriors would ride to political battles and win …”
Responding, Senator Makarfi thanked Governor Dickson for serving the party dutifully and for sacrificing so much for the party in its most trying times.
The NCC chairman said it was the initiative of the governor to have all the standing committees in the party dissolved to create room for a fresh start.
He commended the governor for the foresight.
The NCC chairman said: ‘‘I want to thank you (Governor Seriake Dickson) for the tremendous service to the party, not only on the reconciliation committee but in all aspects of the party. All along, it has always been my belief that you have always been acting in good faith but there were people who were not…
‘‘As you will recall, we had expanded caucus, BoT and NEC and that was after I heard a discussion with you and you initiated the discussion to dissolve the standing committees out of foresight and love for the party. I communicated the initiative of yours to all the organs of the party including the NEC.’’
Senator Makarfi said he would pursue reconciliation stressing that it was against that background that he declared after the Supreme Court judgement that there was no victor no vanquished.
He, however, said all those who had misbehaved and tried to pull the PDP down before the verdict had been pardoned.
He said the party would however descend heavily on anybody who played anti-party or flouted the party rules thenceforth.