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Tukur Quits Politics At 80

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has quit active politics.

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has formally declared that he has retired from active politics. Tukur declared his non active partisanship in politics yesterday during a lecture session organised to commemorate his 80th birthday.

According to him, he is quitting the political stage after using several platform to serve his country to give younger politicians the opportunity to showcase their experience. It was observed that members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) who served with Tukur while he was chairman of the party were conspicuously absent at the lecture session.

However, the Secretary of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) Ambassador Walid Jibril was at the event. It would be recalled that the present NWC members of the party have at a time suspended the former Chairman from the
party only to be recalled during President Jonathan’s Presidential campaign in Adamawa state.

Tukur stated in his speech that, deem it t 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. “it is time to rest, I leave partisan politics for the younger generation.

I want to be statesman and an adviser, at 80, I feel I can serve our dear nation more in the capacity of a statesman and father figure, he stated. The Octogenarian called on politicians to play the game according to the rules and to place the interest of the country at heart above other interests stressed that, “politics should be seen as an avenue for rendition of service to the country and not a bread and butter affair”.

He said “my nation has given me so much it is now pay-back time . I want to re dedicate my time, life and resources to the service of our nation as an elder statesman and father. My aim is to help to take Nigeria to the land of promise, to make her truly great and to ensure that she assumes her rightful position in the committee of nations”.

He challenged Nigerian political leaders to “let us make poverty history.” Tukur who recalled that he was amongst the founding fathers of the PDP under the G-34 pressure groups said he had the privilege of serving the nation as chairman of the party that led the country for 16 years.

He stressed that during that period, “I tried to introduce sanity in the party affairs and the idea of internal democracy, party discipline and party supremacy” which he emphasized are “strong ingredients of strong party systems that drives democratic process”.

One of the guest lecturers and Vice Chairman of ECOWAS Commission, Dr Toga Mackintosh, lamented the inability of Africa to forge formidable integration to be a relevant player at the world stage. He cited weakness in planning, uncoordinated approaches to development and a reluctance to overhaul existing approaches, as some of the reasons why African has not been able to forge a formidable regional front to be relevant in the world stage.

He proposed the generation of a critical mass of societal, human and institutional capacity, to be harnessed to its fullest noting that is the only way to maximize Africa’s benefits and sustain its relevance among the comity of states. He further proposed an African graduate university of development studies.

He said as the name implies, the institution will be focused as it will deal with sustaining development for regional integration. He pointed out that the institution will help to drive economic and development concept, theories, and garnish administration polices.

– Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja 

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