The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, apologised to Nigerians for mistakes it made during the years it governed the country.
The apology was tendered by the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, at a public national discourse on “Contemporary Governance in Nigeria” in Abuja.
Secondus apologised to Nigerians for what he termed “impunity, the imposition of candidates and other mistakes made in the past”, assured that under his watch, there would be no imposition of candidates or any form of impunity in the party’s activities.
“I hereby, as the National Chairman, do admit that the PDP made a lot of mistakes; we are humans, not spirits and the ability to admit is key in moving forward.
“We admit that we have made several mistakes; we have passed through all our challenges and have acquired the experience no other party can boast of; we were sanctioned by Nigerians at the polls in 2015; let me use this opportunity to apologise for our past mistakes.
“It is the honest thing to do, a legacy to transfer to our children; we cannot continue like that. When we make mistakes, we should come out boldly to the people and apologise. It is important to do so because we have learnt from our mistakes unlike the All Progressives Congress (APC) that will make mistakes and lie to cover it.
“We apologise to Nigerians that we have made mistakes, we have learnt our lessons and we are ready to begin on a new agenda; experience is the best teacher, no other party has it. When things are not positive and the mindset is negative, ”it is then time to reset it”, Secondus said.
He added that the public discourse was an opportunity for members of the party to collectively “press the reset button’’ and set a new agenda for the nation.
The PDP lost the general elections to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 following which the then president, Goodluck Jonathan, conceded victory to APC candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. Since then, there have been series of revelations as to alleged corruptions and excesses perpetrated by officials of the party that was once known as the largest party in Africa.