Jos – Chief Damishi Sango, a former Minister of Sports, has been elected as Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau.
Sango was returned elected with other executive members after the party completed its state congress on Wednesday in Jos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Sango polled 758 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Mr Bitrus Kaze, who scored 222 votes.
The Chairman of the Plateau Electoral Committee, Mallam Mustapha Habib, said the election was conducted in accordance with section 45 sub-section 5 of the party’s constitution.
“I am glad that we have conducted this election. Now, a new crop of leaders has emerged,” he said.
In his acceptance speech, Sango promised to use his wealth of experience, as one of the founding fathers of the party to move it toward as well as to recover its lost glory.
He said that he would focus on reconciling with all the aggrieved members of the party towards a united and strong force that could compete with its rival parties.
Sango promised to carry all party members along, stressing that the grassroots would be the focal point.
Also speaking, the former Plateau governor, Sen Jonah Jang, expressed happiness that all aspirants were given the opportunity to contest for the positions of their choice.
He called on those who lost in the contests to work with the new leadership in order to rebuild the party.
Also speaking, , the Deputy Speaker of the Plateau House of Assembly, Mr Yusuf Gagdi, tasked the new executive to live above board and provide a good leadership.
NAN also reports that Messrs Chris Hassan, Benedict Shepnohur and Simon Dominic, emerged as the Vice Chairman for Northern, Central and Southern Zones respectively.
Mr Daniel Shakarau was elected the State Secretary of the party. (NAN)