2023 presidency: Mohammed Hayatu-Deen distances self from alleged consensus candidacy arrangement on PDP platform

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The Campaign Office of Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, a Peoples Democratic Party presidential hopeful, has distanced the aspirant from the alleged endorsement of Governor Bala Mohammad and Senator Bukola Saraki as the preferred Northern consensus candidates for the Peoples Democratic Party.

In a statement by the Director-General, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen Campaign Organization, Lamis Shehu Dikko, the group said it consulted with the Northern Elders’ Forum and agreed that the campaign of Mohammed Hayatu-Deen would now be undertaken independently to maintain the sanctity and integrity of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The group stated that the process of arriving at a consensus candidate had collapsed.

The candidates involved could not reach a compromise among one another, resulting in the decision of the group’s principal, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, and Governor Aminu Tambuwal to discontinue the process.

“The announcement we witnessed yesterday (Friday, April 22, 2022) was not based on the principles of equity and transparency, which we believe should lead the country and the party into the future.

“The committee constituted by Prof. Ango Abdullahi is completely faceless and the evaluation criteria are totally subjective.

“It seems to us that this entire charade was designed to achieve a preconceived outcome.

“The focus of our candidate, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, is to prove to our great party and Nigerians in general that he is the best man for the job, as we proceed towards a truly democratic process at the PDP primaries.

“We believe that the lack of consensus among the Prof. Ango Abdullahi-led effort and the politicking of other candidates should not jeopardize the electoral success of the Peoples Democratic Party or threaten the peace and prosperity of Nigeria.

“Mohammed Hayatu-Deen is a business professional with years of experience leading successful organizations that have provided jobs and opportunities for millions of Nigerians.

“He is a man who understands the pains and sufferings of the average Nigerian and has a plan to return our great nation to prosperity.

“Mohammed Hayatu-Deen wants to build a Nigeria that works for everybody. He is the best candidate for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement read.

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