2019 Election: We apologise for our mistakes, says PDP as they appeal for votes

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Uche Secondus, has apologised to Nigerians for what he described as mistakes made while the party was in power prior to the 2015 general elections.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday in Abuja, apologised to Nigerians for the mistakes the party made while in power. National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, made the apology at a public national discourse on “Contemporary Governance in Nigeria.”

On behalf of the party, Secondus apologised to Nigerian for impunity, 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 PDPs 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 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.

According to him, there was too much power at the party’s National Headquarters, and going forward, power will be devolved to the wards, states and zones. The chairman said that candidates did not need to come to the headquarters to canvass for votes, adding that power and votes now resided at the grassroots.

He said “what went wrong in the past was part of evolution and the PDP at 20, is more matured to deliver on the wants of Nigerians.’’ He said that the new agenda was to move the party from what it used to be to what it should be.

Secondus said that the PDP had be celebrated and mourned, won and lost elections, promoted and demoted and had remained strong with a unity of purpose. He said that the party was aware of the cries of the people of Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba, Kogi, Enugu, Lagos, Edo, and that it was morally bound to react favourably to the yearnings of the people.

Secondus said that the repositioned PDP had a new mechanism that would interact with people at the grassroots and hold leaders accountable. In his contribution, a chieftain of the party, Chief George Bode, said that the position of the party leadership rekindled his loyalty. 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, Ms 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.

Ogunshiji said that the country needed statesmen “who think about the people and not politicians who think about the next elections’’. According to her, Nigerians only voted against President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and did not necessarily vote for President Muhammadu Buhari. She said that the electorate who would be seen in the 2019 general elections would be different from those politicians had seen in the past.

While calling for rigorous training of public servants, Ogunshiji said that the level of political awareness of the electorate would shock politicians in 2019. According to her, it is the quality of candidates put forward by political parties that will determine the outcome of the polls.

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  1. Mutiu Sulaimon says

    Kindly list out your mistakes first b4 apologizing, then after our village meetings we will decide on your case.

  2. Mutiu Sulaimon says

    Kindly list out your mistakes first b4 apologizing, then after our village meetings we will decide on your case.

  3. Balogun Omeiza says

    They are apologising not bcoz they have repented but ‘coz they need ur vote!

  4. Augustine Chizoba says

    Shame on you men

    1. Bright Emmanuel says

      Hate speech

  5. Ahmad Jibrin says

    Bring back what loot is better ‘ll never give you

  6. Emuobor Alex says

    We are with PDP

  7. Geoffery Ekpo says

    PDP wnt back d power, ok, u av it, buh make sure u safe us 4rm buhari oo

  8. Jenyo Hammed says

    Emuobor, people like you will still support them bird of the same feather but mark my word, PDP will never rule this country again

    1. Onyedikachi Kachi says

      PDP is far better than your buhari apc

    2. Emmanuel Ozor says

      Yes o

  9. Olasunkanmi Babatunde says

    For me it’s too early to even think about pdp. The pomposity and high heaven arrogance was unforgettably painful.

  10. Obioma Ukejianya says

    Apc has given Nigerians calamity

  11. Kelvin Ceasar says

    Belated apology. We must try new hands abeg. Apology makes no sense if ur still doing same.

  12. Abazu Steven Azubuike says

    Hahahaha it is too late…..can u please kindly list out ur mistakes from A to Z be4 we can change our mind…….

  13. Onyedikachi Kachi says

    I only see Muslim names against PDP, most of the backward Muslims from the north, I reject bihari backward mentality, PDP is better than APC government

  14. Onyedikachi Kachi says

    So APC is all about making a Muslim a President good or bad, even if he is not good, just check out the supporters, they just want a Muslim to be in power, they hate the truth, that’s why Nigeria will never move forward

    1. Yahaya Idinye says

      But PDP zone the same president position to d north of which is d same Muslim person dat will take d position. Wot a foolish analysts

    2. Onyedikachi Kachi says

      Yes, PDP did it just to take the power from buhari, and to get northern vote, and to avoid crisis, not that he is the best for it, the way things is now, is like only PDP and APC, so to take the power you just have to share buhari supporters,

  15. Edmond Osezua says

    Lie lie lies today ,tomorrow

  16. Umar Suwaiba Rabson says

    We are smart too

  17. Akinola Ben Fushy says

    Apology accepted

  18. Umar Farooq says

    Is too late not accepted

  19. Tajudeen Muinu Bamidele says

    d imposition of candidates has started again. uche secondus was imposed on PDP by fayose and wike. you have not leanrt and you can’t ever change.

  20. Salau Akinwunmi says

    Don’t vote for criminals. They should first confess they stole and return looted funds.

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