Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has assured members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the State that, the party would bounce back in no distant time to regain power at the national centre in 2019.
Governor Dickson gave the assurance during his monthly interactive session with PDP members at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa, the state capital.
He noted that, the PDP, having been running the affairs of the country for 16 consecutive years, remains the only party that is well co-ordinated and focused to deliver the dividends of democracy in the State.
Dickson, commended the party for sweeping the polls in the state in the last elections, as it won 20 out of the 22 seats declared so far for the State House of Assembly, in addition to the 3 senatorial and the 5 House of Representative slots in the National Assembly.
Urging members of the PDP to be hopeful and trust in the party’s ability to win the remaining two constituency seats in the State Assembly that were declared inconclusive in the last election, the governor said that the meeting was to encourage PDP members not to despair in the face of the party’s defeat at the national level.
According to him, workshops would be organised to mobilise and sensitise the PDP members towards repositioning the party as a formidable political platform to be reckoned with.
On issues of indiscipline and anti-party activities, the governor said, the leadership of the party was awaiting the report of the committee reviewing the conduct of party officials during the last elections, stressing that, those found culpable would be expelled from the party.
His words: “The era of indiscipline and disloyalty that has bedeviled this party in this state is over for good. People should take this message home. We want honest and genuine members who understand the meaning of being a party man or woman and being a party official means subordinating personal interest for group interest.
“I have come to deliver a message of hope. The state is solidly PDP. On the issue of indiscipline, in the next couple of days, the report will be out and they will all be gone”.
He also said that the state government was working closely with the party’s leadership to organise a rousing reception for President Goodluck Jonathan, calling on members to come out in their numbers to give the president a heroic welcome on the 29th of this month.
“It would be an emotional event for some of us receiving the President of the country, who is from the state,” he said
Earlier, the Acting Chairman of the State PDP, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, had ascribed the party’s success at the polls to the PDP’s leadership in the State and commended the governor for his unwavering support for President Jonathan and the manner he has steered the party’s affairs, expressing confidence that the governor would be re-elected for a second term in 2016.