A former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, on Tuesday, announced his retirement from partisan politics.
The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor, who announced his decision at a press conference organised in his honour by Akwa Ibom Liberation Coalition, Uyo, said his action should not be misunderstood, as he will neither remain in the PDP, nor join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Attah, who said that he will be 77 by November 20, noted that he will continue to serve Nigeria as an elder statesman.
Attah said: “So, I can formally state that I have quit partisan politics to play the role of an elder statesman and to continue to serve this country with love, strength, and faith with integrity to the best of my ability.
“Let nobody take this to mean that I want to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, or therefore jump to the opposite, that I am going over to APC or any other party for that matter.
“Indeed I made several utterances and I stand by all of them including those ones for which I was, from time to time, accused of anti-party activities. The tragedy for the PDP is to now blame its failure on such utterances rather than its perilous refusal to heed the warnings they conveyed.”
Attah was the governor of the state from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007 and handed over to the immediate past governor, Obong Godswill Obot Akpabio, now Senator.