The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday in Abuja apologised to Nigerians for the mistakes the party made while in power.
Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the party, 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 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,” 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.”