By M. Peter – Jos

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Plateau State who were at loggerhead have reconciled.

The state chapter of the party had been enmeshed in leadership crisis for more than seven months.

Warring members of the party got a reprieve about a week ago with the resignation of the embattled State Chairman, Hon. Damishi Sango.

As a step towards reconciliation, the youth wing of the party under the auspices of Youth Parliament at the weekend organized a get together/barbeque in Jos, bringing together stakeholders of the party.

Giving a remark at the event, a public affairs analyst, Luka Pampe stated that the PDP cannot afford to take things for granted because unless the opposition parties genuinely solve it in-house wrangling it would be difficult to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, come 2023.

Speaking on the role of opposition in promoting and facilitating good governance, Pampe noted, “until you put your house together 2023 will come and passed within the slip of your fingers.

“PDP as the largest political party in Africa had the opportunity of governance but because they were busy enjoying power they failed to realize its certain mistakes and the in-house fighting led to the loss of election in 2015.

“While PDP were busy messing up, different political parties came together and formed alliance which eventually became an opposition party. The opposition party used propaganda in various media platform to score a point.”

He added that for PDP to provide a viable opposition, members should be able to articulate and come with critical idea, “Mobilize the public to begin to understand policies and programmes of government in power. Disregard religious, ethnicity and exclusion of youths.”

Earlier, a youth leader of the party, Kefas Sumdi, said the aim of the programme was to bring stakeholders of the party together and chart a new course of development in love, unity and forgiveness.

“PDP is the bedrock of Plateau. All the development in Plateau was made by PDP. This is the healing point. We know what happened in 2015 and 2019 but we don’t know what would happen in 2023.”

Sumdi said he is optimistic that what led to the defeat of the party in the past would not reoccur in 2023 and urged the youths to get actively involved in politics to be able to make positive impacts.