Chief Raymond Dokpesi Of AIT & Former President Goodluck Jonathan
PDP has asked Nigerians to forgive the party for its inability to meet their yearnings in the past 16 years. It said it was aware that Nigerians were angry with it because of some actions it took in the past 16 years when it was in power.
It said the party was ready to mend fences and this was why it was organising a national conference where all issues affecting the former ruling party would be discussed. Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman, National Planning Committee of the conference, said this yesterday in Abuja.
“We are aware that there were errors we made. We admit that we made mistakes and we have not met the expectation of Nigerians and we tender unreserved apologies for these mistakes. You must have seen the Ike Ekweremadu report on why we are apologising. .
There was no internal democracy, there was impunity within the party and there was no level-playing ground for members of the party. Zoning principles of the party were abandoned and a gamut of all other issues, for all these and the people who have been offended, for people whose toes were stepped upon, we also tender unreserved apology.
These are the reasons why we are begging and apologising. We want to assure every founding member of the party that we deviated from their visions. For every and any mistake we have made, I therefore say, we tender our unreserved apologies.
The party in 2010 and 2011, made the first round of mistake of not allowing the north to complete its term. That was when the party gave a special favor to Jonathan who came to compete the term of Yar’Adua to be allowed one term to finish.
The same small leaders of the party came forward in 2015 to state again and refused to return the party to allow the north to field the party’s presidential candidate, they manipulated the party to do the same.
We admit that at certain times in our past, mistakes have been made, we did not meet the expectations of Nigerians.” He said the forthcoming conference would be used to reinvigorate, re-engineer and restructure the party, which he said would be handed over to the youth….. APC is in trouble…
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