Dickson not an honest and impartial peace-broker – Makarfi
The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State is not an honest and impartial peace-broker.
The PDP National Reconciliation Committee headed by Dickson recently submitted its report to the party’s national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, recommending that the party’s national convention be held not later than June 30 and should be presided over by Sheriff.
Dickson has also asked the Caretaker committee few days ago, to throw in the towel in order to give room for Sheriff to conduct the convention.
But in a statement on Monday in Abuja, the Spokesman for the committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said former President Goodluck Jonathan had asked both Sheriff and Makarfi to step down for peace to reign, but while the caretaker committee was ready to step aside, Sheriff refused.
“As men of integrity, we have said it countless number of times and we are repeating it now for emphasis sake that the NCC members will quit office immediately the party organs that put it in place ask us to disband. We are no sit-tight like Senator Sheriff.
“That being the case, the proper thing to do if Governor Dickson wants the NCC to be disbanded is to persuade and convince the 80 percent of the members on the merits of his point of view . The NCC is merely the agent of the party. The principals are the organs of the party and the 80 percent of members that he alluded to. The NCC has no choice than to obey the command of its principals.
“To successfully accomplish the task of reconciliation, it is important to be seen by all sides as an impartial honest broker. We are worried that Governor Dickson has seriously undermined the work of his committee by taking sides with Sheriff.
“We are even more concerned about his open declaration of war on the NCC. Rather than reconciling, the party is being further pulled apart. We are not amused by the urge for us to surrender the destiny of the party to Sheriff who brazenly and without any remorse destroyed our chances in the Edo and Ondo States governorship elections,” the statement said.