Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Nigerians to forgive it for its shortcomings while in power, at the federal level for sixteen years.
The party’s national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who made the plea at a public discourse in Abuja, said PDP admits it made some mistakes during the period.
The PDP chairman said, “In the past, there were impunity and imposition of candidates. These were wrong things that we did. We took voters and Nigerians for granted.
“We are not a spirit and this is why we have to be humble to apologise for imposition, impunity and other wrongdoings. But while we were in government, there was no nepotism, but today nepotism has taken over the polity.
“We have to stand before the people and apologise. We made mistakes. Unlike the All Progressives Congress that will lie and use another lie to cover it, we will apologise for our past mistakes. We are human beings that are bound to make mistakes. How long are we going to lie to our children?
“Since it is said that charity begins at home, I am the very first to admit that our party, the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria, made many mistakes. Consequently, we were roundly sanctioned by Nigerians occasioning our loss at the polls in 2015.
“Let me seize this opportunity to apologise to Nigerians unequivocally for the several shortcomings of our party in the near and far past. It was all part of an evolution process without which there can be no maturity. We are indeed very sorry.”
Promising that PDP will make Nigeria better, if its presidential candidate is voted in, for 2019 polls, Secondus said, the party has now learn from its mistakes.
Of all the parties, including APC, Secondus said PDP is the most experienced and well equipped in term of governance.
The public discourse was attended by top leaders of the party, including former vice presidents Namadi Sambo and Atiku Abubakar, as well as, former governors Aliyu Babangida, Ahmed Makarfi, and Sule Lamido.
Others are Chief Bode George, Senator Ibrahim Mantu and Walid Jibrin.