Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has withdrawn from the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP holding this Saturday
In a signed letter to the National Chairman of the party, the economist based his decision on moral grounds, saying the entire contest has been “obscenely monetized”
He also lamented the inability of the party to achieve a consensus.
“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. We have endeavoured to forge a consensus which would have facilitated a seamless emergence of a candidate which unfortunately could not be achieved”.
Hayatu-Deen expressed regrets that the process so far has been far from ideal. “I did not join party politics and to contest for the presidency because of personal gains and inordinate ambition, but in order to serve our country.”
“It is therefore based on personal principles and with great humility that I have decided after wide consultations to withdraw from this contest which has been obscenely monetized”