Hayatu-Deen joins PDP, lauds Ayu’s efforts to recapture power in 2023
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FSB International Bank PLC, Alhaji Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno State.
He described the national chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, as a leader with the vision and boldness to lead the party to recapture power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.
Hayatu-Deen, who is also an economist said this yesterday at an interactive session with leaders of the PDP, Borno State chapter, at Forsham Event Hall, Maiduguri.
Hayatu-Deen also used the occasion to formally declare his intention to join PDP.
The accomplished economist also explained that he decided to join PDP amid overtures from other political parties because the opposition has a structured national outlook and has pulled its act together based on the disciplined and seamless manner it conducted elections for various party offices and organs.
However, the former chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), identified the astute personality of Ayu, as one of the profound reasons for standing with the PDP.
He said that they both share a common view that the Nigerian people are better off if everyone joins forces to build a united, inclusive, equitable and just society.
Hayatu-Deen, who was Ayu’s classmate and friend from their early days in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, said throughout their academic days and in the decades that have ensued, they have remained glued as intellectual soul mates and sparring partners.
He said, “Peoples Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in Nigeria, and it has a national outlook. As a matter of fact, PDP was a pioneer party when Nigeria came out of military rule 21 years ago and ruled the country for 16 years. In the period that it was on the saddle, it had accumulated substantial experience in governing.
“In the 6 years that it has been in opposition, I believe it has had time to reflect on its achievements and failures and it seems apparent that it has taken some lessons on board as it reboots its strategy to recapture power in 2023.
“But one of my most profound reasons for standing with the PDP has to do with my abiding faith and implicit trust in Dr Iyorchia Ayu, the newly minted Chairman of the party. He is a uniquely gifted and astute political leader and statesman who has the vision, the boldness and courage of his conviction to provide the kind of leadership that the party and the nation deserve at this hour of need.”
While expressing his desire to contribute to economic well being of the Nigerian people as well as the burning issues of insecurity on the platform of the PDP, the former Presidential Advisory Committees member, stressed the need for citizens’ action and participation in political affairs.
He said, “One of the commendable traditions of the PDP for most of its governing history lies in its ability to foster a climate conducive to cross-fertilisation of ideas, openness and debate.”
He also used the occasion to explain the efforts of his Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Renaissance Development Forum, at devoting considerable intellectual and financial resources towards the vexing issue of the 14 million out-of-school children.
“Similarly, in my home state of Borno, we have recently kick-started a nascent NGO – Borno Development Foundation – which seeks to foster long-term sustainable development in Borno State as a means of fast-tracking the reconstruction, rehabilitation and transformation of the state during the post insurgency phase,” he said.
The interactive/declaration event was attended by leaders, members and supporters of the PDP including the State Chairman, Alhaji Zanna Gaddama; members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and Board of Trustees of the party, members of the State Executive, among others.