Bayelsa State governor and chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation Committee, Henry Seriake Dickson, has stated he never demanded the resignation of Ahmed Makarfi to step down as factional chairman of the party.
According to him, when he spoke with select journalists on the PDP crisis, he only argued that for PDP to bounce back, its leaders must make sacrifices.
The governor in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media Relations), Francis Agbo, said, “Despite the blackmail and propaganda scripted to distract Governor Dickson, he and his committee remain committed to reconciling all intetests through dialogue because only a political solution woven around dialogue and sacrifices can engender true reconciliation.
“To set the records straight, Governor Seriake Dickson spoke with a select group of journalists last Saturday in Abuja on the PDP crisis but he never asked Makarfi to step down. In the said interview, the Governor as a peace maker stated his committee’s role in the reconciliation process and argued that for PDP to bounce back, leaders must make sacrifices.
“He consequently appealed to PDP leaders including Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Makarfi to make sacrifices for the revival of the party, stressing that the PDP is more than Sheriff and Makarfi and indeed any individual. This was what a NAN Reporter who was at the interaction misconstrued as stepping aside for which we have written to NAN management to complain. Curiously, only NAN misconstrued the Governor’s interview, all other media organisations in the interaction reported the Governor correctly.”
According to him, efforts of the committee had began to yield dividends as the National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff had publicly written, on the request of the reconciliation committee to undertake that he would not contest election at the unity convention.
Sheriff, he said, had also indicated that he would not interfer in the selection of committee membership and had already written organs of the party for nominations into the convention committees.
Dickson also stressed that Sheriff had said all party officials elected before the first botched Port harcourt convention remain valid while all members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) whose tenures are still running have agreed to resign to pave way for a unity Convention.