Ex-Gov. Ohakim Quits Partisan Politics

Ikedi OhakimA former Governor of Imo State, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim, has formally announced his temporary withdrawal from partisan politics and his desire to pursue what he said are other idealistic ventures that would add value to society.

The ex-governor made the announcement when he addressed political associates and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, faithful in his Burma Retreat country home Sunday.

Ohakim, who standing trial on a three-count charge of money laundering before a federal high court in Abuja, decried Nigeria’s sad departure from politics of ideas to politics of vendetta and brigandage.

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In the text of his address, the PDP chieftain said: “In view of the current situation, I have come to the sad conclusion that I will no longer be able to be part of this circus in the political arena for the time being. I am by this statement announcing my temporary withdrawal from active participation in partisan politics”.

Noting that the political class may have learnt nothing from the outcome of the 2015 general elections, which showed that the will of the majority must prevail, Mr. Ohakim said it was regrettable that in the last one year, nearly every election was characterized by brigandage and hooliganism.