Chairman of the Organising Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national conference, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, declared emphatically he never apologised for the alleged misrule of the party contrary to recent reports.
Dokpesi was quoted as saying that PDP made the mistake of fielding former president Goodluck Jonathan as its candidate in the March 28 presidential election.
Dokpesi was also quoted to have apologised for the misrule of the PDP in the last 16 years.
But in a personally signed statement, Dokpesi debunked the reports, saying he was ‘not only an unrepentant admirer, supporter and die hard follower of Jonathan but, indeed, a party member.’
“What I said at the media briefing was that PDP governments were run by human beings who are not perfect and may have made mistakes. I cited the example of the party’s zoning agreement nationwide, which buckled in the face of incumbents who had preferred and pliant candidates and went on to subvert the people’s choice on who to represent them leading to defeats at the polls.
“I tendered an apology to PDP members nationwide for actions like that.”
Dokpesi said he was not unaware of the tactics of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to “undo the PDP and set its members against one another in other to pave way for one party system,” adding that “such efforts would not see the light of the day.”
He applauded Jonathan’s achievements in many sectors of the economy, saying Nigerians will soon commend Jonathan for his sincerity of purpose in government.
“I call on all PDP members nationwide to discountenance the misleading reports as the party has no apologies to offer anyone for its years of rule at the centre and a majority of the states,” the statement added.