With several decades of his 80-year lifetime spent in active politics, former National Chairman of the Peoples Don Tuesday said it was time to bid a final farewell to partisan politics.
Speaking at his Abuja residence, he said that he was saying goodbye to formal politics and leaving the game for the younger generation.
At an event organised by Bamanga Tukur African Institute for International Trade and Development, Tukur stated that there was a need for all politicians to rededicate themselves to the service of the people.
He also cautioned Nigeria politicians against frequent defection from one political party to the other, just as he said that political parties remain stronger when members submit themselves to the rules and regulations of the parties as well as subscribe faithfully to the ideologies of the parties.
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He said, “I deem it fit to use this opportunity of my 80th birthday celebration to announce my retirement from partisan politics.
“It is time to say goodbye to formal politics. I have used several political platforms to serve my country.
“I leave partisan politics for the younger generation. I want to be a statesman and an adviser.
“At the age of 80, I feel I can serve our dear nation more in the capacity of a statesman and father figure.”
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