2023: Datti Baba-Ahmed Quits Kaduna Guber Race Over ‘Money Politics’
POLITICS DIGEST – A gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Sen. Yusuf Datti Baba- Ahmed, has withdrawn from the governorship primaries less than 24hours to the election.
The PDP primaries is scheduled for Wednesday, with strong contenders like former Governor of the State, Ramalan Yero and a former member of the House of Representatives, Isa Ashiru, in the race.
However, in a letter to the State PDP chairman Mr. Hassan Hyet, Baba-Ahmed said credible first-hand reports have proved that the PDP was yet to learn lessons.
He said, “these are inconsistent with my purpose of being in politics.”
Baba-Ahmed, who represented Kaduna North Senatorial District between 2011 and 2012, declined giving a specific reason as to why he had to withdraw, but stressed that he would remain loyal to the PDP.
Speaking with journalists, Baba-Ahmed, who ruled out joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stressed that unless checked, what was happening within the PDP could jeopardize its chances in 2023.
“I consequently hereby respectfully withdraw from the 2023 governorship contest of Kaduna State under our great party, the PDP. I however, remain loyal and supportive,” he said.
Sources close to Baba-Ahmed said that the ex-Senator had made the decision to pull out of the race because of “money politics”, which marred the just-concluded House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate primaries in the State.