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We’ve Learnt From Our Mistakes In 2023 Election – Abia PDP

Abia State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the party has learnt from its mistakes which led to its failure in the 2023 general elections, stressing that such will never repeat itself again

Addressing journalists at the new PDP secretariat, Ogurube layout, Umuahia, at the end of a stakeholders meeting, Elder Abraham Amah, Abia PDP Vice Chairman/Acting State Publicity Secretary said that the PDP with what it has learnt after the 2023 elections, will get better and stronger.

The meeting which saw a 50-man delegation from each of the 17 Local Government Areas of the state assuring the stakeholders and the state working committee of their absolute loyalty and commitment to the party had former Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and other top PDP stakeholders in attendance.

Giving a detailed reason why the PDP failed in the 2023 election in Abia, Amah said that the party allowed its welfarist agenda to becloud it, got overstretched and incidentally affected the welfare of some Abia workers.

He equally explained that the party was reluctant to hold some persons its government appointed to head most parastatals in the state accountable for their embarrassing administrative inputs which eventually led to serious problems in most of the parastatals.

“We assessed the last general elections, we actually determined why we lost the election end we took responsibilities and we’ve apologized. We lost because we were carried away by our welfarist government where we could conveniently pay up to seven, nine and twelve thousand youths every month in the name of empowerment and we couldn’t manage our pension well which is why we left a backlog of 45 months of pension arrears.

“This is not politics. Go ask the chairman of Abia Pensioners. Ikpeazu was in government for 96 months, and he paid a pension for 51 months and did not pay a pension for 45 months. Mind you, he inherited some backlogs of pension arrears which he also paid off. What he left is 45 months arrears which the present government later translated to nine or ten years outstanding which they later paid nine months and claimed they’ve cancelled the rest.

“We’ve told ourselves the truth, we’ve analysed our mistakes and we discovered that we were busy with our welfarist agenda and we were clouded with what we were doing.

“Now, if a government can pay 12 thousand youths as Special Assistants, Special Advisers etc, if we had cut down 40% of that, we would have been able to use them to manage some of these 45 months and still have change.”

He said that the welfarist agenda got so stretched that even some pensioners were captured as Special Assistants, Special Advisers and Senior Special Advisers who were still being paid under the welfarist arrangements that were different from their pensions.

He said their administration paid salaries up to date for core ministries but had issues with some parastatals like Abia State Polytechnic which he said that the present administration is still owing.

“So, we were living up to date and had issues with some of the parastatals. We were reluctant to hold some persons accountable. We had a situation where we appointed people to head some of these parastatals and on their own they started employing people without recourse to even the Governor, State Assembly, the Planning Commission and the office of the accountant general.

“What you will now see is that an institution that usually submits a wage bill of N30 million will suddenly start submitting N51 million. It’s an experience we had and we’ve been able to discover some of them as our pitfalls and we’re proud to say that we’ve learnt from our mistakes.

“We’re learning from the numerous mistakes we made and we’re committed to ensuring that in days, weeks and months those mistakes will not be repeated. We cannot continue to shy away from these mistakes.

“If you say that you’re sorry, you must tell the world why you’re sorry. Tomorrow if we want to conduct a welfarist government we’ll not allow to go to the extent of becoming a threat to the welfare of workers.”

He said that the party is not worried that some people who benefited from it in the past have left and explained that the members of the PDP caucus in Abia are still with the party except for one person.

Amah said that come 2027, the PDP will be the party to beat, as it is still strong and will get stronger with one expected influx of top political juggernauts in the state as well as having learnt from its mistakes.

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