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Dickson: My Report A Template For Peace, Reconciliation

Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has defended the report of his reconciliation Committee as the best template for for the resolution of the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The committee last Tuesday submitted its report to National Chairman Ali Modu Sheriff, with a proposal that convention should hold as soon as possible.
The committee also stressed the need for a template that would culminate into a Unity National Convention.
While submitting the report, Dickson said: “We hope that our party will have the opportunity to put behind us needless crisis which has engulfed it since last year. Many of our leaders are impatient to see us come back together and once again represent the people of Nigeria.”
According to the report which is published as advertorial in this newspaper, the committee proposed that the Convention Planning Committee should have seven governors, seven Senators including the Deputy Senate President, 12 members of the House of Representatives, six members of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) and six National Vice Chairmen (one per zone).
Others are three State Chairmen per Zone (18), six serving Speakers of the State Houses ofAssembly, six former Governors, former Presiding Officers of the National Assembly (who are still members of the party), six prominent Women Leaders, six PDP Youth Leaders, six former ministers of the Party and 12 others to be nominated by the National Chairman in consultation with stakeholders.
The committee also resolved that the Convention Committee shall be responsible for the conduct of the elections to all National Offices of the Party including the zoning of such offices.
Dickson said: “As part of the sacrifice to be made in order to reposition the party, the committee is of the view that all national officers who may claim that their tenure still subsists beyond the proposed convention are hereby requested to relinquish their claim in the interest of the party.
“For the purpose of the convention, all officers elected at the ward, local, state and zonal levels before the first Port Harcourt convention of May 21 2016 are deemed validly elected except for the election held in some states that were declared by NEC as inconclusive.
“The proposed National Convention should hold as soon as possible and not later than June 30 2017. The committee shall continue to engage the party leadership and all relevant stakeholders with a view to having a hitch free convention and calls upon all and sundry to work towards the realisation of this objective.
“The committee appreciates the efforts of the former President, Governors and other leaders of the party for their efforts at resolving the leadership crises in the party.
“This proposal is our humble template for peace and reconciliation. We believe that litigation will not move us foreword. We believe that there is need to put away personal interest for the party’s interest. We believe on the need to rescue this country from the dictatorship of the opposition.
“This committee is encouraged by your reconciliatory approach and statements that you are committed to holding a national convention. We have spoken with so many stakeholders, after consulting a wide range of stakeholders of the party.”
Sheriff has since adopted fully the recommendations .



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