Hayatudeen bows out of PDP Presidential race

O. Adejo

One of the Presidential aspirants in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, has dropped out of the race

Hayatu-Deen described the process so far as “obscenely monetized” and said his decision to withdraw was made after wide consultations.

This was made known in a statement he released on May 27, where he said efforts to forge a consensus which would have facilitated a seamless emergence of a candidate, could not be achieved.

Furthermore, the investment banker stated that he did not join the race for personal gains and inordinate ambition, but to serve the country.

“I joined the contest as a democrat, with an open mind to keenly contest and accept the result of a process that is fair, credible and transparent.

“It is therefore based on personal principles and with great humility that have decided after wide consultations to withdraw from this contest which has been obscenely monetized,” he said.

Mr. Hayatu-Deen’s withdrawal comes days after another contender, Peter Obi, withdrew from the race and resigned from the PDP. Mr Obi cited recent developments in the party as his reason for leaving. He later joined the Labour Party.

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