#DailyBreaking: PDP Asks Nigerians for Forgiveness
Speaking at the opening of the public discourse on nation building organised in Abuja Monday, the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, said that his party would seek the support of Nigerians to retake power so as to rescue the economy and put a stop to the wanton killings of innocent Nigerians.
He promised that the party will come up with an economic blueprint that would highlight interventions in areas such as healthcare and education.
While speaking on the theme, “Nation Building – Resetting the Agenda,” Secondus said the time had come for a public conversation on the state of the nation in order to arrest the dwindling fortunes of the country and stop the slide into anarchy.
Also in a rare show of remorse, Secondus said he and his National Working Committee (NWC) were apologising to Nigerians for the party’s many mistakes during its reign.
He said the new PDP leadership has decided to toe the path of honour and humility by accepting its shortcomings and was making a commitment to chart a new course for the development and progress of the country.
“PDP made many mistakes and we accept that there may have been impunity and imposition in the past, this is human. But the ability to admit making mistakes is one of the best ways to make amends and progress.
“Let me use this opportunity to apologise to Nigerians for our past mistakes. This is the best way forward and we want to set a precedent that if one makes mistakes it is wise to apologise and to move forward on a new note.
“We do not want to behave like the APC which would rather tell lies. On behalf of members of my NWC I apologise to Nigerians and ask for your support in seeking to rebuild the country. This is a clear departure from what the APC is known for because the party believes in using lies,” he said.
While welcoming participants, Secondus said the reason for the discourse was to undertake a review of the state of the nation, saying it was like “physical surgery”.
According to him, Nigeria may not be at war in the conventional sense, or was just gaining independence, however the economy, he noted, had taken a downturn in the three years of APC rule that warrants serious introspection and resetting of the agenda for nation building.
He said the country was also more divided than at any time in the nation’s history, adding: “Recent events in the country have shown that the propaganda which the All Progressives Congress came to power with is not enough to deliver the kind of governance needed to make progress in the lives of the people.”
Going forward, Secondus said: “The party does not and will not condone corruption in any manner. We wholesomely condemn it in its entirety.”
He said it was on record that it is only PDP that has willingly given up for prosecution its members accused of corruption, noting that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) were all anti-corruption organs established by PDP-led administrations.
“We insist and demand that the fight against corruption cannot and must not be selective. After all, he who comes to equity, must come with clean hands.”
On security, the PDP chairman said that Boko Haram was still alive despite several claims by APC of having decimated the terrorists, adding that insecurity had even spread under a new name and nomenclature called herdsmen.
According to Secondus, “These herdsmen have been tormenting, maiming and killing hundreds of children, women and men across the country with the government of the day offering feeble responses.” 

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