Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur, has announced his retirement from politics.
He said it was time for him to ‘say goodbye’ to partisan politics, having served on the platform of several political parties.
Tukur made the announcement in Abuja on Tuesday, during a lecture organised to mark his 80th birthday.
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.”