Mr Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has pledged to place priority on security of lives and property as well as re-jig the nation’s ailing economy if elected President of Nigeria.
Hayatu-Deen made the pledge on Monday when he paid a consultative visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta in Asaba.
He said, ”I declare emergency on national security on the very first day in office, and I will involve all stakeholders, the would enable the nation to find lasting solutions to insecurity plaguing the country.”
The presidential hopeful who said that all round development of the country would form his cardinal goal, sued for the support of the governor and delegates to enable him emerge as the PDP presidential flag bearer at the national convention of the party.
He expressed concern over the level of ethnic dichotomy, religious intolerance and the high level of poverty plaguing the country.
“As an Economist, I know why countries succeed and why they failed. Having been a turn around manager all my life; I think I am in a very good position to fix our revenue problems,” he said.
Hayatu-Deen described Governor Okowa as a leader that has brought Delta to the limelight through his reforms in human capital and infrastructural transformation.
He commended Okowa for his pivotal roles in rebuilding and rebranding the PDP and urged him not to relent in his leadership function in the party.
“We had earlier come, I and other presidential aspirants to see you and you welcomed us warmly. Now, I am here on my own steam.
“I have been touring the country and I have been telling the delegates that Delta State is oasis of sanity and excellence.
“I know and people do know that Delta provides a role model for the country as to how to get people to understand each other and to live in relative peace, security and stability.
“The very ambitious, bold and promising reforms you have implemented in Delta State are legendary,” Mr. Hayatu-Deen added.
Responding, Okowa said that he was happy with the calibre of persons campaigning to become the president of Nigeria in the PDP, adding that it was a clear indication that the party was set to rescue the nation from its numerous problems.
The governor said that the leadership and members of the party in the state would cast their votes for the best aspirants at the convention.
He assured Hayatu-Deen that PDP delegates from the state would meet to take decision on who to vote for at the national convention.
“I have listened to you, not just today, the last time four of you came. There is no doubt that you are eminently qualified, just like I said to the others that came to me.
“We have very qualified people in the race and that is good for our country, Nigeria. I pray that on May 28 and 29, we would be able to make the choices.
“The best person would be thrown up as the candidate of the PDP. There is no doubt that as the PDP constantly says, that it is time to rescue the nation.
“I have no doubt as to your competence to do that but what I actually urge is that all of us continue to campaign as friends.
“The important thing is that whosoever it is that wins, others should cooperate with him, whether it is you or another person.
“The key thing is that even as we got united post-convention in 2019, it is my prayer that we do so after this convention” the governor said.
The presidential aspirant and his team were earlier at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, to intimate delegates about his ambition to rule the country.
Speaking at the meeting, the state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Kingsley Esiso gave assurance that the antecedents of Mr. Hayatu-Deen will speak for him at the convention.