Finally? Ribadu Moving to PDP, Says Not Bothered about Pressure from APC to Stop Him
After several weeks of speculations and perceived silence from the man at the centre of it all, it thus appear that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has finally won over former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
The former EFCC Boss has been under pressure from the PDP to decamp to the party and fly the party’s flag in the October 11 gubernatorial election for Adamawa State following the impeachment of the former governor, Murtala Nyako.
While the PDP is making this move, the APC leadership on the other has continued to dissuade the former anti-corruption chief from defecting to the PDP.
But in his reaction to the move by the APC leadership, Ribadu who appears to have made up his mind to move to the PDP stated he is not bothered about the pressure mounted by his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), to halt his planned defection to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While noting that he appreciates the gestures of the APC leaders, he is entitled to his decision.
Speaking through his media aide, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, the former presidential aspirant seeking to contest the Adamawa governorship election said the current pressure was a sign of his competence.
A statement signed by Abdulaziz and made available yesterday noted that: “Ribadu has support irrespective of political leanings in the state. The people need someone with Ribadu’s credentials. Thus it is no wonder he is under pressure from all quarters.”
Abdulaziz also added that Ribadu had grassroots appeal as a result of his anti-corruption crusade which made him a house hold name.
Since it got out that Ribadu wants to run for the governorship, many commentators have either hailed or flayed the decision.
Apart from the choice of the PDP platform, some observers have criticised the office the Adamawa politician is seeking.
But Abdulaziz said the former EFCC boss was enjoying massive support from the state because the people have identified corruption as the biggest issue.
He noted that although Ribadu did not have a godfather, he has widespread support from major stakeholders both in the state and the presidency.
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