National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday disowned a statement credited to one of its elders, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, that the party misgoverned the country in the last 16 years.
Dokpesi had on Tuesday apologised to Nigerians for PDP’s failures and also attributed the loss of the presidency to the ticket given to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Reacting to Dokpesi’s apology, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said Dokpesi had no mandate to speak on behalf of the party and was only expressing his personal opinion.
According to Metuh, “That statement made by Chief Raymond Dokpesi is his personal opinion and does not represent in any way an official position of the PDP. In the first place Dokpesi is not a member of the national executive of the party and he can only speak in his personal capacity, his opinion remains personal and does not represent that of the party.’’
Metuh emphasized that the decision to field Jonathan as the PDP presidential candidate was unanimously agreed by all organs and stakeholders of the party.
“The decision to field former President Jonathan in the 2015 presidential race was approved by the National Working Committee, NWC, the National Executive Council, NEC, and the party’s national caucus. In addition, the constitution of our party allows a sitting president to exercise his personal right to run for a second term if he so desires.
“This is not the time for buck passing or blame game. We are repositioning our party. What we should do is to join hands to reposition the PDP based on the report of the Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu-led committee to reclaim the party’s lost glory. This is what is expected of us all at this time.’’
On whether the party now regrets its action, Metuh said: “how can you regret a decision taken where everyone was there, the NWC, NEC and the national caucus. What are we talking about? Everybody was conscious of the decision, nobody was coerced into supporting it.”

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