Adamawa Guber: Presidency Makes U-turn, Withdraws Support for Ribadu
Although, he said he did not decamp to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the purpose of assuming office, few days after he dumped his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu picked the parties nomination form to contest for the Adamawa governorship bye election coming up in October.
Ribadu’s decision to join the PDP after months of speculation was reportedly bolstered by the assurance of the PDP hierarchy and the presidency that he will be given the party’s ticket to slug it out with whoever emerges in any other party, the main challenger being the APC which he left for the PDP.
The perceived support of the presidency and the PDP leadership drew wide condemnation, particularly from the other aspirants for the Adamawa governorship who vowed to work against the nterest of the party if Ribadu is imposed on them.
It thus appear that the presidency has bowed to the criticism and has withdrawn its support for Ribadu.
It was gathered yesterday that for fear of any gang up against Ribadu if he emerges the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP by other aggrieved aspirants and party leaders, the presidency was said to have now soft- pedalled on Ribadu.
Ribadu who has just joined the party must get a waiver from the PDP in line with PDP’s constitution, Section 50 (9) which says: “There shall be a minimum of two year membership span for a member to be eligible to stand for election into any public office, unless the appropriate executive committee gives a waiver or rules to the contrary.”
According to a member of Board of Trustees, BoT of PDP from the South-South zone and a member of the president’s inner caucus, “The race in the coming days is likely to be very interesting but we have all resolved to be very careful because in politics, you cannot take chances, especially ones that are likely to jeopardize the chances of your party. Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
If Ribadu eventually gets the waiver from the PDP, he will have to slug it out with many other who have also bought the nomination form for the party’s primaries.
Those who bought forms according to the record at the Mobilisation office in the office of the National Organising Secretary are the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri; a three time gubernatorial aspirant, Dr. Umar Ardo; former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; Senator Abubakar Girei; former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak; Erstwhile Military Administrator of Lagos and Borno States, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa and former Minister of Statement Foreign Affairs, Dr. Aliyu Idi- Hong. Others are the immediate Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed; Son of former PDP National Chairman, Awwal Bamanga Tukur; Marcus Natina Gundiri; James Shuiabu Barka; Jerry Kundusi; Engr. Brig. Gen. A.A.V. Kana and Andrawus Sawa.
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