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PDP Accepts Responsibility For Nigeria’s Woes Since 1999

Posted: May 18, 2015 at 7:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ekene Okoro



Amidst plots by various forces to take hold of its affairs since its loss at the last general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday came out publicly to accept responsibility for the nation’s woes under successive governments since 1999 when it first assumed leadership of the country.

The party had been in power since Nigeria’s return to democratic system of government in 1999, but is set to relinquish power come May 29, ending its 16-year reign at the federal level.

Since the loss at the polls, top members of the party have been engaged in name calling, pushing the dismal performance of the party to the executive members of the party and calling particularly for the resignation of the Adamu Mu’azu-led National Working Committee.

But the party took to its official twitter handle, @PDPNigeria, on Sunday in series of tweets, to acknowledge its role in the problems plaguing the nation, even as it noted some successes recorded during the period.

It highlighted the administration of former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, late Umaru Musa Yar Adua and outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan, admitting that it recorded gains as much as challenges.

According to the PDP, “we accept responsibility for all that has gone wrong & bad in the last 16years and we give you, Nigerians the credit for successes recorded.

“Under President Jonathan’s tenure, gains and challenges were also recorded. We accept full responsibility.

“Under president Yaradua’s tenure, militancy & other challenges were conquered. We take responsibility for everything that went wrong.

“Under president Obasanjo’s 8years tenure, there were challenges & gains. We take full responsibility.”

It expressed readiness to learn the hard lessons from its loss in the general elections and capitalise on it to rebuild the party, urging Nigerians to rally round the party and make useful suggestions towards achieving it’s aim.

“We want to run a new PDP that welcomes criticism and see it as a necessity to make amends.

“We are ready to listen to you and hear what you think. We require genuine & sincere advice from you because a one party system not an option.

“We have tried our best as a political party but must be quick to point out that we were not perfect. We never claimed to be,” he added.