Annenih quits politics at 82, canvasses support for Buhari

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
A former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, has announced his decision to quit partisan politics.

Anenih, 82, disclosed this during the launch of his book titled, ‘My Life and Nigerian Politics’ in Abuja on Saturday.
Addressing guests, he said, “I am persuaded that I have no more ambition nor any point to prove in politics. I am, therefore, glad to declare that, from today, I shall be withdrawing from active partisan politics. I shall, however, continue to avail the country of my experience, give suggestions and offer advice, as a statesman.”
He also used the opportunity to drum up support for the current administration by calling on Nigerians irrespective of party affiliation, to support President Muhammadu Buhari in moving the nation forward.
“I must not end this statement of gratitude without acknowledging the fact that our country is going through difficult times. It is a national predicament which we must confront in unity, irrespective of our partisan commitments, whether PDP, APC, AD or Labour.
“I, therefore, want to urge all Nigerians to persevere and hope for a better tomorrow. We must support and pray that God will give President Muhammadu Buhari the wisdom and vision to steer this country away from recession to prosperity.”
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