Hayatu-Deen: Peter Obi no threat to APC, PDP
* Dismisses Obi’s chances in 2023;
* Says Governors are too powerful;
* Warns PDP to keep its house in order
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A former Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has dismissed claims that Nigerians will witness a three-way race.
Deen who appeared Tuesday, on the Channels Television Interview Programme, One-On-One, said the 2023 presidential race would be fought between two political parties, the APC and the PDP.
The former aspirant dismissed Labour’s presidential candidate, Dr Peter Obi, saying chants of ‘Obidient’ on the street might not translate to strong electoral visibility at the end of the day.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, according to Hayatu – Deen, might go ahead to sweep the presidential poll in 2023.
But he warned that for the PDP to pull it off in the forthcoming presidential election, the party must take steps to put its house in order before and during the campaigns.
The former Presidential aspirant described state governors as office holders whose influence is a major threat.
He said Governors control everything from the legislature to the courts in their states up to decisions taken by political parties.
In answer to another question, he admitted there were serious differences among key players in the PDP, saying in line with long standing tradition, divergent views within the political family could be fixed.
Hayatu – Deen explained he stepped down on personal grounds, saying the absence of statutory delegates and not necessarily the influence of money forced him out of the race.
He blamed the exclusion of statutory delegates from the convention on the error committed by lawmakers while reviewing the Electoral Act.
The former presidential aspirant asked the PDP to be careful how it handles the Ayu issue, saying it could destabilize the party and deny it of victory in the coming elections.
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