The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Monday reflected on its 16 years stewardship and admitted it made some mistakes and asked Nigerians to forgive its wrongdoings.
National chairman of the party, Uche Secondus stated this at a public discourse on contemporary politics and governance in Nigeria, organized by the PDP in Abuja.
HardReporters could recalled that November, 2015, Raymond Dokpesi, National Conference Committee Chairman of PDP had on behalf of the party, apologised for mistakes the party made during its 16 years rule in the country, admitting that the party might not have met all the expectations of Nigerians while it was in power, saying “on behalf of PDP, I tender our apologies.”
Mr. Dokpesi admitted that the party deviated from the dream of its founding fathers, adding that members operated without recourse to the rule of law, noting that the party, in 2010 and 2011, made the first fundamental mistake for not allowing the North to complete its term, saying special recommendations were made to allow former President Goodluck Jonathan to complete it.
Barely, 24 hours after Dokpesi’s apologies, on behalf of the PDP, the party disowned him, saying the apologies were his personal opinion.
According to the National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, the apology credited to the party’s National Conference Committee Chairman, Raymond Dokpesi, remained his personal opinion.
Mr. Metuh made this remark when he spoke with journalists in Abuja, stressing that Mr. Dokpesi’s statement did not in any way represent the official position of the PDP, as he was not a member of the party’s National Executive Committee.
Mr. Metuh said Mr. Dokpesi could only speak in his personal capacity adding that his opinion remains personal and did not represent that of the party.
Meanwhile, barely four years after Dokpesi was disowned by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its National chairman, Uche Secondus on Monday, said the party reflected on its 16 years stewardship and admitted it made some mistakes and asked Nigerians to forgive its wrongdoings and pledged the readiness of PDP to learn from its mistakes arguing that regardless of what the party failed to do, experience remains the best teacher.
“The PDP was in power for 16 years and as expected, we made mistakes. We are sorry for our mistakes and when we return, we shall make this country better. We have experience, no any other party has it. The PDP has embarked on a rescue mission and together we will salvage this nation back from the grip of the incompetent All Progressives Congress (APC),” said Secondus.
Secondus recent apologies according to political commentators, shows Dokpesi has been vindicated at last.