Chief Damishi Sango, former sports minister and an aspirant to the Plateau Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship seat, has advised members aggrieved by the outcome of last Saturday’s party’s ward congresses, to approach the petitions committee.
“The PDP has a petitions committee for every state; its job is to listen to complaints from people with grouses over the outcome of the congresses.
“The idea is to promote internal democracy that will ensure justice for everyone,” Sango told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos on Monday.
He said the party would try to avoid a repeat of the past situations where people were treated with impunity and forced out of the fold because of perceived injustice.
He expressed satisfaction with the large turn-out of members during the ward congresses, adding that the development had confirmed that the PDP was still loved by Plateau people.
“The crowd for the ward congresses was unbelievable and the competition was so stiff in all the areas we visited. It was really impressive,” he said.
Sango described Plateau as the “mother of PDP”, saying that the party got its name and logo from the state in 1998, with a Plateau indigene, Chief Solomon Lar, emerging as its first Chairman.
He said that he agreed to contest the state chairmanship “out of sheer passion as one of the founding fathers of the party”.
He said that he would focus on reconciling various contending interests if elected chairman, and stressed that past mistakes had been noted and lessons learnt therefrom.
He noted that the party won the three senate seats, six out of eight seats in the House of Representatives and 13 out of the 24 seats in the state house of assembly.
“We only lost the governorship seat and our task as party leaders is to examine what happened, correct it and make sure it does not happen again,” he said.
Sango also promised to encourage more dialogue among members of the party, using his experience as an elder to unite all groups.
NAN reports that Sango is contesting the seat with three others that include a former member of the House of Representatives, Bitrus Kaze.