General Ibrahim Babangida, a former Nigerian military ruler has snubbed the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, by turning down the party’s invitation extended to him to attend its “re-branding conference.”
Babangida has also declared that he had quit partisan politics since 2011, and so he would not seek any political post again in Nigeria.
The former military president stated this in a statement he signed and issued in Minna on Tuesday, apparently to dissociate himself from the opposition PDP and its attempt to woo him and his supporters to the party’s forthcoming conference.
He, however, said that he would continue to play the role of an elder statesman by offering his wise counsel to all politicians towards building a better Nigeria whenever the need arose.
“While I welcome the invitation to the event as a mark of respect, as one of the founding fathers, I want to be excused on the grounds that I have long bid bye to partisan politics.
“Four years ago at an elaborate event at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels Abuja, I announced my retirement from partisan politics after my failed attempt to contest for president.
“If I called it quit in 2011, why would PDP contemplate fielding a 78 year-old man in a presidential election in a country that parades very vibrant men and women of lesser age?” Babangida asked.
According to Babangida, he has decided to remain an elder statesman and the PDP invitation in his view is tantamount to playing partisan politics, while, in fact, he has no intention whatsoever to run for any office again in Nigeria.