The reconciliation committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will address all issues and grievances arising from the party’s elections and national convention, Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa and chairman of the committee, has said.
At least three chairmanship aspirants – Bode George, Tunde Adeniran and Raymond Dokpesi – had expressed reservations about the convention, while many others also said it was fraught with irregularities.
But speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Dickson said the PDP believes that there must be issues to address in a programme of such magnitude.
The governor said the committee had already established contact with those dissatisfied or had concerns with the convention.
“We have established contact already with those who are dissatisfied or for one reason or the other have some issues and grievances which is normal in an exercise such as this,” he said.
“It is not our business in this committee to a portion blame, our focus is to promote reconciliation because all party leaders and members are important. Their concerns are also very important.
“Where there are grievances it is the view of this committee that those grievances be looked into and addressed where possible.”
Dickson added that the committee would soon commence its reconciliation visits to all them with a view to resolving the grievances.
“Generally we are pleased with the outcome of the convention. But we have established contact already with those who are dissatisfied or for one reason or the other have some issues and grievances which is normal in an exercise such as this,” he said.
“We want to confirm to you that the effort we have made so far in establishing contact with the chairmanship aspirants; and indeed we intend to interact with all other aspirants who purchase form, those who actually contested.
“It is our intention to engage and interact with them to find out what the challenges and issues are with a view to promote amicable solutions and better understanding within PDP family.
“We are pleased to announce that our contact with all the chairmanship candidates was very positive. We were well received.”