Again, PDP Fails to Consider Waiver for Ribadu, Others
The clog in the wheel of the ambition of the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, to contest the Adamawa gubernatorial election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), appears to be gaining momentum.
From the outright rejection of his defection to the PDP by other candidates aspiring to esecure the party’s ticket for the October 11 election, to the division his aspiration has created amongst some arty bigwigs and the presidency, Ribadu is definitely not finding it as easy as he may have thought when he decided to dump his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the PDP.
Though he has successfully registered his presence as a member of the PDP and has obtained the party’s nomination form to contest the governorship primaries, one hurdle he must clear is the waiver that must be granted by the National Working Committee of the party, having failed to meet the 2 years membership requirement before qualifying to contest under the party’s platform.
But after contentious meetings over the last two days, national officials of the PDP have not been able to decide whether to grant waivers to Mr. Ribadu, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (ret.), and Marcus Gundiri to participate in the primary process. All three governorship aspirants had requested the waivers to enable them to vie in the primaries after they recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP.
Owing to the serious disagreements among the NWC members, the screening of the aspirants, which scheduled to take place in Abuja on Thursday, has been moved to Saturday, August 30.
The party’s national organizing secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, defended the party’s position, telling reporters in Abuja that the screening would now take place on Saturday while the names of the screening panel members will be released on Friday.
The PDP’s NWC set up a subcommittee that includes the party’s national legal adviser, national publicity secretary and national financial secretary to demand more documentation from the PDP’s vice chairman for the northeast zone. The subcommittee was mandated to request more information from Mr. Ribadu and other recent defectors to demonstrate that they truly qualify for waivers. It is however unclear what the more information entails.
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