Dickson, IBB in closed door meeting as PDP crisis deepens

Gov. Seriake Henry Dickson

The Governor of Bayelsa state and chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation Committee, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has held a closed door meeting with former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda at his Hilltop house in Minna, Niger state capital.

Dickson had recently also met former governor of Delta state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori at his residence in Oghara, Delta state.
Investigations revealed that the meeting with IBB was held to discuss the festering crisis in the PDP concerning the Court of Appeal judgment which affirmed Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the party.

The meeting also afforded Dickson the opportunity to explain in detail the work of the reconciliation committee and how it arrived at the report of the template for peace and the proposal to hold the national convention by the 3rd quarter of 2017 which it submitted recently to Sheriff.

Factional chairman of the party, Ahmed Makarfi and Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Ayodele Fayose had disowned the Dickson’s report, accusing Dickson of working with external enemies to hold a national convention to destroy the party.

According to investigations the meeting between Dickson and IBB which lasted over an hour was fruitful as the former was able to explain the steps the committee took to ensure the report received acceptance from all parties before it submitted it to Sheriif.

Sources said the meeting with IBB is a pointer that Dickson is ready to go the whole hog in his capacity as the reconciliation chairman to engage elders of the party on the need to hold the national convention as soon as possible.

A reliable source who was privy to the meeting disclosed that none of the aides of the two PDP leaders were allowed in the meeting because of the sensitivity of issues being discussed.

“Yes Bayelsa Governor, was here and after an hour, he came out of the meeting and did not disclose the purpose of the visit but instead got into his car and zoomed off” a source said.