Vice-President Kashim Shettima says he will retire Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last elections, to a life on the farms with all the livestock he needs.
Shettima made the remarks during a chat with journalists outside the Court of Appeal in Abuja, moments after the presidential election tribunal upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu.
“We have moved beyond the phase of politics. Now, we are in the phase of governance. Atiku Abubakar is an elder statesman that I hold in very high esteem,” Shettima said.
“Anybody who knows the socio-cultural interaction between the Fulanis and Kanuris in the north would know that I have the liberty to hurl all insults at him and he’d stoically bear.
“We are not going to retire Atiku to Dubai or Morocco. I’d retire him to Fombina. I’d buy him goats, broilers and layers, so that he can spend his days rearing cows and broilers.
“On a more serious note, Atiku is an elder statesman. The nation needs him.
“Experience is not something that you can buy in the market. We’d tap into his wealth of experience and exposure to catapult the nation to a higher pedestal.
“Politics is over, governance is now important.”
On Wednesday, the five-member panel of the presidential election petition tribunal dismissed the suits filed by Abubakar and Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the February 25 election.
The justices also pronounced Tinubu as duly elected president of the federal republic of Nigeria.