The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has admitted that it made a mistake in not allowing proper contest during the primaries that produced former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The party also apologised to Nigerians for its mistakes during the 16 years it presided over governance in Nigeria.
In a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, the Chairman of the National Planning Committee of the conference, Dr Raymond Dokpesi, also condemned what it called the selective anti-corruption war of the present administration.
The PDP also alleged witch-hunt of its members.
Many Errors Committed
In the last General elections, the PDP not only lost the Presidency to the then opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), it lost its majority hold in both chambers of the National Assembly and many states that hitherto, were considered its stronghold.
Mr Dokpesi attributed the defeat to many errors committed by the party and its leadership, but asked Nigerians to forgive and forget the past.
He said, “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 Ike Ekweremadu’s 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, which would come out during the conference and for all these and the people who have been offended, for people whose toes were stepped upon, we also tender unreserved apology.
“We Are Begging”
“These are the reasons we are begging and apologising. We want to assure every founding member of the party that we deviated from their visions, and that’s why we are going to have all our founding fathers like Adamu Ciroma, Dr. Alex Ekwueme and other members of the G.34, to come and talk to us at the conference.
“For every and any mistake we have made, I therefore say, we tender our unreserved apologies”, he added.