- Uche Secondus said PDP's 2019 presidential candidate will be someone who will unite the country
- He said Nigeria is currently under different crises
- The PDP chairman said the southwest will get good positions if the party wins power in 2019
Prince Uche Secondus has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will reserve juicy positions for the southwest if the party takes over power in 2019.
In an interview with The Punch, the chairman of the PDP said the party is looking towards presenting a candidate that will unite the country to challenge the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
He said the reconciliation committee of the PDP was working towards uniting aggrieved members.
He said: "The caretaker committee probably knew that there would be fallout and that was why it inaugurated a committee headed by the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, to handle it. There are notable and respected men and women in the committee like Aminu Wali, Adamu Waziri, and others. Immediately after the convention, the committee started work, and it has been talking to all, especially the contestants who are not happy.
“I was briefed about the work of the committee on Tuesday. Apart from that, I have also taken a private step to visit other aspirants. I believe that they are loyal party members. They won’t move anywhere. They will stay with us. The main objective is to bring everybody into the fold and even win more membership. We will do that and we won’t rest until we achieve that goal.
“Part of the responsibilities of the reconciliation committee is to handle what you have just said. By the grace of God, I think apart from one or two states, there is peace in the others. Reconciliation is a continuous process and I can tell you that very soon, that will be resolved.
“We are going to work hard to win in all the zones. The South-West will get juicy positions in the government if we win and we hope to win. I will not say anything more than that.
“We want a President that must unite the country. There must be peace before you can govern. You can see that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government is totally broken. For peace to reign, we need to change it. There is no peace in the North-East, there is restiveness in the South-South and the South–East, herdsmen are killing people in the North-Central and even South-West every day, and there is no part of the country that is safe. We need a person that will, therefore, unite the country. Under the APC’s watch, the unity of the country is threatened. We will provide a credible platform for national unity.”
Meanwhile, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state confessed that the PDP cannot survive without the southwestern part of the country.
Dickson, who is the chairman of the party’s national committee on reconciliation, said the PDP needed the full support of its members in the zone to effectively succeed in 2019.
A statement by his spokesperson, Fidelis Soriwei, noted that Dickson said this when he led the reconciliation committee on a visit to the former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, in Lagos on Thursday, December 14.
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