We’re Sorry For Our 16 Years Of Misrule, PDP Apologizes To Nigerians…Says Jonathan’s Ambition Scuttled Its Electoral Chances
The Peoples Democratic Party yesterday ate the humble pie by begging Nigerians to forgive the party for its 16 years of misrule, which it called mistakes of the past.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Chairman Planning Committee of the PDP National Conference scheduled for tomorrow, Dr Raymond Dokpesi said the apology became necessary following its realization that the ruling party did not meet expectations of Nigerians for the 16 years when it was in control of the federal government.
According to Dokpesi: “We are aware that there were errors we made. We admit that we made mistakes and we have not met the expectations of Nigerians and we tendered unreserved apologies for these mistakes.
“You must have seen the Ike Ekweremadu report on why we are apologizing. There was no internal democracy, there was impunity within the party and there was no level playing ground for members of the party.
“Zoning principles of the party were abandoned and a gamut of all other issues, which will come out during the conference and for all these and the people who have been offended, for people whose toes were stepped upon, we also tendered unreserved apology.
“These are the reasons why we are begging and apologising. We want to assure every founding member of the party, that we deviated from their visions, and that’s why we are going to have all our founding fathers at the conference. For every and any mistake we have made, I therefore say, we tender our unresolved apologies.”
Dokpesi also expressed regret that the party’s zoning principle for elective offices was jettisoned in 2011 and 2015, for former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan to emerge as presidential candidate. He further declared that the party leadership ought to have allowed the North to complete the tenure of the late president, Umaru Yar’Adua when he died in 2010.
“The party in 2010 and 2011, made the first round of mistake of not allowing the north to complete its term. That was when the party gave a special favour for the then President who came to compete the term of Yar’Adua to be allowed one term to finish.
“The same small leaders of the party came forward in 2015, to state again and refused to allow the North to field the party’s presidential candidate, they manipulated the party to do the same”, he added.
In its critique of the ministers designate, the main opposition party criticised the All Progressives Congress, (APC) for alienating the youth in President Buhari’s cabinet to be unveiled tomorrow.
“For National progress and development to be meaningful in this fast paced era, it is imperative that any serious cabinet of government (at all levels) must have core youth representation in positions that require rapid progression in line with the global changes in technology, research, development and human capital. It has become glaringly obvious that the current ‘Change ‘ is lo longer enough for the next generation ….what they really want is a chance”