Ahead of the local government congresses of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) slated for March 21, the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has called on the leaders to adopt strategies to prevent anti-party activities.
Governor Diri gave the charge during a meeting with members of the PDP Local Government Congress Management Committee in Government House, Yenagoa.
A statement by the Acting Chief press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah quoted the governor as calling on the Local Government Congress Management Committee to reach out to loyal and committed party faithful across the eight local government areas and replicate the success recorded during the just concluded ward congress, which he described as largely peaceful.
His words:”I want to thank you all for the successes recorded in the just concluded ward congress. We had a very peaceful ward congress. Although in every event, there will be pockets of complaints and those complaints were equally addressed adequately.
“We need committed PDP members who will stand by our party come rain come shine. The charge is for you to go and ensure that you replicate what we have done with the ward congress. Look out for trusted and faithful party members that will not be induced by any amount of money or promises.”
Governor Diri, who commended party leaders and members on their roles in ensuring a successful ward congress in the state, stressed the need to build on the existing peace and unity among members.
He underscored the need for members to respect the party’s structures from the national to the ward level towards ensuring that the PDP remains the dominant party in the state.
In his remarks, the PDP State Chairman, Mr. Moses Cleopas, said the meeting was at the instance of the governor to appraise the conduct of the last ward congress in the state with a view to making amends where necessary ahead of the local government congress.
Mr Cleopas, who described the ward congress as very orderly and peaceful, attributed the development to the consensus building approach adopted by the party leaders.
He noted that the national party officials, who were in the state to oversee the exercise, lauded the state government for the peaceful manner in which it conducted the ward congress as there was no official petition in all the 105 wards after the exercise.