Anenih prays to attend swearing in of PDP governor in Edo
Tony Anenih

FORMER Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, has announced his retirement from active partisan politics. He made the declaration at the weekend at his book launch titled, ‘My Life and Nigerian Politics’ in Abuja. “In the course of my political career, I have interacted with all manner of people and institutions. I have seen people at their best and at their worst; I have worked with reliable, as well as fickle people; I have experienced undiluted loyalty and disloyalty from unexpected places. I have always tried to make the best of all situations. I can, therefore, say, with great pride, that I feel fulfilled in politics. “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 said. While noting that his cardinal focus and objective in life has always been to be an agent of positive development, unity and brotherhood in Nigeria, Anenih also known as ‘Mr fix it’ said what triggered him to write the book was to provide lessons and encouragement for the present and future generations. “I am hopeful that the lessons of fortitude, hard work, diligence, loyalty and service which have been manifest in my life, would give encouragement to all those who are serving, as well as those who aspire to serve our great fatherland.” He also called on Nigerians irrespective of party affiliation to support President Muhammadu Buhari to get the country out of recession. “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 etc. “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 Buhari the wisdom and vision to steer this country away from recession to prosperity.” Former President Goodluck Jonathan appealed to the elder statesman to rescind his decision to retire from active politics, stressing that his experience, especially in the areas of security and politics would be wasted if he bows out at this time. “You may not be in a position to attend political meetings, but you are our political leader until God decides that you will leave us. The country is passing through political stages, your experience and wisdom will be required to direct us and stabilise the nation. We will excuse you from attending night and BoT meetings, but you will continue to mentor us, we will continue to consult you.”

READ ALSO  Impunity! Customs CG, Hameed Ali disregards Supreme Court judgement