2023: Elect quality leaders to prevent Nigeria from collapse – Ex-NNDC boss

Says, Atiku’s presidential ambition wont stop me from contest

From Umar Dankano, Yola

Ahead of the 2023 General elections, Nigerians have been charged to elect good leaders that can salvage the country from total collapse as all sectors are begging for attention.

A presidential hopeful and former managing Director of Northern Nigeria Development Company (NNDC), Alhaji Mohammed Hayatudeen gave the charge in Yola yesterday after a consultation meeting with the state leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), calling on all stakeholders to contribute towards rebuilding Nigeria.

Hayatudeen said our country has all the potentials for greatness noting that if given the mandate, his administration will make Nigeria among best ten (10th) in the world.

Hayatudeen told the party executives that for him to actualize his vision, he recently revalidated his membership card with the PDP at his ward in Borno State urging them to support his aspiration.

He declared that the presidential ambition of the former vice president Atiku Abubakar who is from Adamawa State will not stop him from contesting for the presidency under PDP come 2023 if he finally makes up his mind to seek for the party’s presidential ticket.

He explained further that he has not announced any ambition to contest for the presidency or any elective office yet but he will soon make his position known to Nigerians.

“The thing is that even if you come from the same home as the same brother’s there is a freedom to compete for public office for example in the united kingdom about 15 years ago there are two brothers who have keenly contested for the chairmanship of the labour party one lost the other one won.

“So the fact that Alh. Atiku Abubakar is competing for the presidency does not meant that if I decide to vie for the same office, we cannot actually compete in a manner that is mature, that allows the party to be actually fair and just to all, so that the best person can emerge as the party candidate,” he said.

According to him, his decision to join politics was on the need to contribute his quota to the development of the country and urged citizens to get fully involved in politics and public affairs stressing that it is the only way we can build and improve the democratic process.

On his decision to align with PDP, he pointed out that PDP is a progressive and inclusive party and also a party that is very much enlightened with tremendous experience over the years with so many achievements on ground to showcase among many other reasons.

Hayatudeen opined that 2023 would provide the party with another golden opportunity to understand its weaknesses, knows its strength and take into account its excellent records and improve on them to reclaim power in 2023.

In his response, Adamawa PDP chairman Barr A.T Shehu called on all Presidential aspirants under PDP to talk to themselves and close ranks with one another to salvage the country from the APC misrule noting that Nigerians have suffered enough and hoping on PDP to rescue the country come 2023.

Tahir reiterated the commitment of his party to mobilize the electorate to take part in the ongoing INEC registration exercise with a view to vote for the right people in to various elective positions across the state and country as a whole come 2023.

Tahir assured that his party is working round the clock to ensure change of fortunes for Nigeria and Nigerians through quality representation at all levels.

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