By G9ija

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slim chances of taking over power both at state and federal levels in 2023, Alhaji Umar Sani, a founding member of the party said.

Sani said this at a media briefing in Kaduna on Wednesday.

He was the Special Adviser on Media to former vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo,

Sani said the PDP is facing a lot of challenges which has led to the factionalisation of the party at almost all levels including Kaduna State.

He said the PDP has three groups in Kaduna – Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s faction, his boss Architect Namadi Sambo’s faction and the Restoration movement.

Sani added that if the PDP in Kaduna State fails to address the issues which resulted into factionalisation and put its house in order, it will be difficult to take over power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

At the national level, he said the PDP governors have also hijacked the party and that their action resulted in the removal of the party’s National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, who is challenging his removal in court.

“If Uche Secondus wins his case in court, it means the national convention and the executives produced from it will be null and void, which will be a major setback for the party and its chances in 2023.

“If PDP does not check its excesses and put its house in order, it will affect the chances of coming back to power.”

His pessimism ran counter to the view of another chieftain of the PDP in Kaduna, who believes the omens are good for the toppling of the APC in the state.

Alhaji Lawal Usman said it is obvious that the party will take over the state in 2023 going by recent developments.

Usman, popularly called ‘Mr LA’, told nesmen in Zaria on Sunday that the current All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration in the state had failed the people.

“The Gov. Nasiru El Rufai led administration has been killing the APC gradually in the state with its inhuman policies.

“The state government is pushing thousands of people into poverty daily with its urban renewal policy. The policy actually lacked a human face.

“Although the idea of urban renewal is not a bad thing, you have to put in human capital development before it can work”.