Nigeria’s former ruling party and main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday openly confessed its mistakes while reflecting on its 16 years stewardship, asking Nigerians to forgive the wrongdoings and pledged to rescue the country from its current misrule by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The National chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus apologised on behalf of his party at a public discourse on contemporary politics and governance in Nigeria, organized by the PDP in Abuja.
The discourse, which centered on the theme, “Nation Building: Resetting the Agenda,” offered the party the opportunity to restrategise ahead of 2019 general elections.
While pledging readiness to learn from its mistakes regardless of what the party failed to do, the PDP noted that it has garnered experience over the years , saying that 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.
Mr Secondus apologised to Nigerian for ”impunity, the imposition of candidates and other mistakes made in the past.”
He 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 Progressive 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,” he said.
According to Mr Secondus, when things are not positive and the mindset is negative, “it is then time to reset it.”
He said that the public discourse was an ample opportunity for the party members to collectively “press the reset button” and set a new agenda for the nation.
In his contribution, a chieftain of the party, George Bode, said that the position of the party leadership rekindled his loyalty.
Mr Bode called on members of PDP who left the party as a result of its past mistakes to return home from “wilderness’’.
According to him, “to err is human and forgive is divine, it was time to walk the talk for the repositioning of the country”.
One of the panelists at the event, Toyosi Ogunshiji, commended the party for toeing the line of honour.
She said that Nigeria must move from praying to taking more serious actions for the progress of the country to be realistic.