According to Mr. Dickson, his argument is based on the party’s spread across the country and its unbroken position in the saddle of the nation’s leadership since the inception of democracy in 1999 which makes it the strongest centripetal force binding the country together despite threats to its very existence as an indivisible entity.
The Bayelsa governor, who made this known in his acceptance speech to serve as chairman of the committee, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, stressed the need for members of the party to put aside their differences and forge a common front, adding that the interest of the nation should be of paramount interest in the minds of people, both in the political and non-political fields.
Dickson, while noting the relevance of the PDP in the nation’s polity, stated the importance for its members to work together as a team to enhance its success in future elections.
According to him, “At no time in our history has our nation’s unity come under sustained and several attacks as it is now.
“Mr. Chairman instead of building a political platform for the unity and development of the Country, the way our party is doing, the centrifugal forces are exploiting our diversity to expand the attacks and even making political capital out of them.”
He further stressed that from pre-independence to date, the PDP is the only party that has made it possible for so-called ‘minorities’ to win presidential ticket and go on to emerge president of the country noting that it is not uncommon to have crises as is being witnessed in the party due to its size but that “as democrats, we must evolve ways of appreciating them and resolving crises within the party without stifling people. I think this is what you have done by setting up reconciliation committee.’’
Gov. Dickson enjoined members to support the reconciliatory efforts of the various committees set up by the leadership of the Party just as he disclosed that his committee is mandated with the task of providing the template that will make the ruling party organize credible primaries and select candidates for future elections.
Urging the members to take advantage of the Committee, Dickson said, “it is the Party, and only the Party that wins election; no individual has the capacity to single-handedly win an election. To us, the Party is like a race horse, anybody can ride, once it is strong”.