A presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, on Friday, withdrew from the presidential race, few hours before the party’s primaries.
In a letter addressed to the national chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, the economist noted that his decision to pull out of the race was due to the obscene monetisation of the contest.
“I wish to reiterate that 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,” Hayatu-Deen said.
The banker becomes the second aspirant to withdraw from the PDP presidential race, following the withdrawal and resignation of a former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi from the party.