- Former minister Damishi Sango says All Progressive Party (APC) is behind the crisis in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- He says PDP crisis cannot be addressed amicably by court and all aggrieved parties need to imbibe the spirit of give-and-take
- Sango notes that the ruling APC is more fractionalized than PDP and that within APC, there are more than five factions jostling for recognition
Former minister of youth and sport Damishi Sango has said it is just a matter of time before the crisis in the APC will manifest itself.
He says the fact that the ruling party cannot organize a convention is an indication of the crisis.
Sango accused the party of being behind the crisis in PDP and charged stalwarts of APC to have a rethink.
He said PDP remains the hope of democracy in Nigeria and that any attempt to kill the party will affect survival of the practice in Nigeria.
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The former minister also said the ruling APC is more fractionalised than PDP adding that within APC there are more than five factions jostling for recognition.
He chided Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state for making payment of salaries and pensions as part of achievements of his administration..
He added that the payment of salaries is normal function of any responsible government not achievement.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the former minister,, who is now Plateau state chairman of PDP, implored the ruling APC to be tolerant and allow democracy to thrive.
He added that democracy without a virile opposition party is nothing at all.
“Allow democracy to strife, the foundation of democracy we are enjoying today was laid by the Peoples Democratic Party, it was nurtured by the PDP. You don’t destroy opposition party, if you do, that means you are killing democracy. We need to be careful, there must be opposition party for democracy to survive,” he said.
He said the crisis in PDP cannot be addressed amicably by court adding that all aggrieved parties need to imbibe the spirit of give and take and genuine reconciliation while the interest, survival and future of PDP should be placed above board.
He said: “Court cannot solve the problems on ground, what we need is genuine dialogue, reconciliation and the spirit of give and take. There should be no ego; we must all respect the party constitution. If only we can close rank, PDP will return to power at all level by 2019.
“Payment of salary is not achievement, the bailout, Paris club are already made money not Internal Generated Revenue. If the governor wants people to be happy, he should increase the IGR and pay workers reasonable amount.”
NAIJ.com had reported that APC prayed that the PDP resolved its leadership crisis soon to enable it take up responsibility as a viable opposition.
In a statement by its national publicity secretary Bolaji Abdullahi in Abuja, the party said there was need for PDP to be vibrant to provide the critical opposition.
It said: “We pray for them to put their house in order soon because we believe that democracy is better served when the opposition is alive.
"However, we also know the PDP can only begin to take steps towards recovery if they stop peddling conspiracy theories and blaming imaginary enemies.’'
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