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We should set retirement age for politicians – Peter Obi

Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in 2023, has urged Nigeria set a minimum retirement age for all politicians.

In an interview with Arise Television, Obi stated that it was crucial for the nation to set a fixed retirement age for its politicians in order to give the next generation of leaders a chance.

The former governor of Anambra State stated during his speech that older citizens should not be given the responsibility of leading a nation like Nigeria.

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Obi made this statement in response to inquiries regarding the youth of Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the Labour Party’s candidate for governor of Lagos State, who just turned 40.

The youth should be involved in Nigeria’s administration at 40

One of the speakers had told Obi that there were issues with Rhodes-age Vivour’s and lack of background in Nigerian politics and government. 

His words: “It is laughable. “If we can retire bishops at 70 years, professors and teachers at the age of 70, left for me, I will say it is time we put a retirement age on politics and for politicians.” 

In particular in a diversified democracy like Nigeria’s, the former governor of Anambra state stated that people had the necessary energy to become involved in administration at age 40.

He added that he began running for governor of Anambra State at the age of 39 and was elected roughly three years later.

Obi pointed out that there nothing wrong with young people nationwide running for public office because they have the required zest and vigor for the job.

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Peter Obi addresses world press conference

Meanwhile, following the aftermath of the recently conducted presidential election in Nigeria, the candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, addressed a world press conference.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, March 1, declared the flagbearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu as President-elect.

This was despite calls from opposition parties like the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the electoral umpire to suspend proceedings.

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