Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors Forum, Dr Olusegun Mimiko yesterday said the Nigerian elite had been unfair in their unbridled criticisms of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking at the 67th meeting of the PDP National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting in Abuja, Governor Mimiko said it was disheartening that the sacrifice Jonathan made to save the country is being discounted by benefactors of the sacrifice.
According to him, those who are outdoing each other to criticise Jonathan should realise that if Jonathan had not conceded defeat the country would have probably gone up in flames.
Mimiko maintained that the fact that Jonathan conceded defeat did not alter the fact that the 2015 presidential election was not the best election conducted in the country.
He said that the conduct of the 2015 election was still subject of scientific and forensic examination and the true story of what transpired during the election would be unveiled in future for posterity.
Mimiko emphasised that most PDP members would have gone to the election tribunal to contest the result declared by INEC but were restrained after former President Jonathan conceded defeat.
He said PDP lost the last election primarily due to complacency after being in power for 16 years.
While describing the PDP as the bastion of democracy in the country, he said the achievements of the party on would be used to measure the performance of the incumbent APC government.
He said PDP would be in good stead to upstage the APC in 2019 if it failed to surpass the achievements of the past PDP administration.
In his openings address, the acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus bemoaned the state of the economy and challenged President Buhari to address the nation on the issue.
“We call on the federal government to come out straight with Nigerians on the state of our economy, which is gradually sliding into recession.
“It appears that the lack of an economic direction and remedial actions from the government is having a debilitating effect on the economy – jobs are being lost and small businesses a closing shop as a result of the lack of constructive economic engagement from the APC government.”
Secondus said PDP had witnessed challenging times “after our disappointing loss in the last elections.”
He, however, declared that the party had overcome the outcome of the election.
“Today the PDP as an opposition party has become the driving force in the National Assembly and our own Senator Ike Ekweremadu is the deputy Senate president, a feat
unprecedented in the political history of Nigeria.
“The impact of the improved capacity of our communication machinery is resonating in the body polity and we have effectively engaged the ruling APC government constructively in the national interest.”
On the anti-graft war of the Buhari administration, Prince Secondus said it would be morally repugnant to target PDP members while seemingly protecting APC members.

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