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The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) on Monday pleaded with Nigerians to forgive its past mistakes and with a promise to bring genuine change to the polity if given the opportunity to rule again in 2019.
Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stated this in Abuja at the party’s one-day programme tagged, “A public discourse on contemporary politics and governance in Nigeria.”
The PDP chair stated that the party was seeking the forgiveness of Nigerians because in its 16 unbroken years in power, the party took Nigerians for granted and engaged in impunity.
He said that these misdeeds may have forced Nigerians to reject the then ruling party at the 2015 polls.
Secondus, maintained that the PDP was guilty of imposition of candidates, and taking Nigerians for granted,but nepotism and telling lies were never part of its sins, unlike the ruling All Progressives Congress’ government.
Prince Secondus 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.”
The National PDP Chairman gave his word that under his watch the PDP would do away with imposition of candidates. He insisted that nobody would be allowed to influence the party’s primaries that would lead to the emergence of presidential and other candidates for the 2019 general elections.
Hear him, “Under our watch, there will be no imposition of candidates and no impunity. My colleagues and I at the National Working Committee have vowed to uphold the rule of law as enshrined in our party’s constitution.
“Power has been devolved to the zonal, state and ward levels. The PDP National Headquarters at Wadata House (party headquarters) will only coordinate affairs. There are no votes to be solicited or won at Wadata House. We are committed to the rule of law and assure you that not only will your votes count in our primaries across the land, your voice will also be heard.”
Secondus expressed shock that “our currency has been recklessly devalued from N199 in 2015 to nearly N500 a US dollar before it came down to about N365 only, due to an increase in oil prices and not any significant thing done by this government. Fuel price was increased from N97 to N145, yet the nation experiences unabated scarcity with its attendant long queues at the filling stations and suffering by the Nigerian citizens.”
Also he lamented over the present borrowing spree of the APC administration that has seen the nation’s stock of debt increase.
“From friends and members of this government, we learnt that while in power for 16 years, the PDP government was able to borrow N6tn and had some projects inaugurated for it, in just less than three years; the APC regime has borrowed N11tn and has not inaugurated a single project,” he said.