Nuhu Ribadu May Emerge PDP Chairman
As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), continues to seek ways of amending its mistakes that lead to its loss in the 2015 general elections, indications have emerged that the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, may emerge its next chairman.
The choice of Ribadu by the leaders of the PDP lies basically in the public perception that he has integrity to match that of Buhari who is now APC’s leader which could be used as a bargaining edge in successive elections.
PDP apparatchiks believe that the party lost the last general election because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption credentials.
A source within the inner circle of the PDP revealed that, “The leadership of the party is looking at somebody with a good track record of doggedness, straight forwardness and somebody that is not easily intimidated. Nuhu Ribadu fits the profile,” a PDP insider said.
The source further disclosed that at a time when a resolute president, in the person of Muhammadu Buhari, is at the helm of the nation’s affairs, the PDP, now in the opposition, cannot afford to have somebody of questionable character or somebody who does not command the respect on the masses as its leader.
Ribadu earned the respect of the masses while serving as EFCC chairman because of the reasonable number of high profile cases the commission was able to pursue, leading to a situation where Nigerians became wary of engaging in corrupt practices.
His respect however waned a bit when he decided to quit the All Progressives Congress to join the Peoples Democratic party, where he contested as the PDP governorship candidate in Adamawa State.
The PDP is banking on Ribadu’s good understanding of the inner workings of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), having been a presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress Nigeria (now part of the APC) in the 2011 general elections.
The PDP national convention where Ribadu and other Board of Trustees (BoT) members of the party will emerge is billed for August.