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Former Akwa Ibom governor Attah quits politics

28 October 2015, 11:06

Uyo - Former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Victor Attah, has announced his immediate retirement from partisan politics, reports Thisday.

Attah was the governor of the state on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007.

He handed over power to the immediate past Governor of the state, Godswill Obot Akpabio, who is now the Minority Leader in the Senate.

Attah, who announced his decision at a press conference in Uyo, however, said his decision should not be misconstrued to mean his joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also read: APC urges Akwa Ibom governor to step down

He based his reason for quitting partisan politics on age, which at 77 years on November 20, has graduated him into the elder statesman’s class.

He said at that age, he could still serve Nigeria and the society as others in that class have been doing without necessarily carrying the card of any political party

Attah would be the fourth chieftain of the PDP to quit partisan politics.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur and elder statesman Edwin Clark have announced their retirement from politics

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