Former Minister of Sports Solomon Dalong has said no politician above age 65 should contest for the 2023 presidential election.
Dalong said this while answering questions from newsmen in Abuja on Monday.
The former Ministers said this amidst the aspirations of some politicians in the two leading political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Dalong said, “I believe that anyone who is 65 years and above should redirect their energies in becoming senators instead of running for the presidency.
“They must vacate every executive position for the young ones. We have squandered their future since 1999, and we’ve not succeeded in building a future for them.
“So, we should withdraw and allow them to take over their future. When they make it, they celebrate, and when they mar it, they have themselves to blame.
“I don’t want this endless ballgame of organising the future for the young ones. The fact is that we don’t want anyone who is 65 years to aspire for the presidency in Nigeria.
“The office is too demanding; it’s too energetic, and we don’t want anyone to go there and be so compassionate and delegate your functions to those you won’t be able to supervise because of your age.”
So far, former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar are the oldest among the aspirants 70 and 75 years old, respectively.