REVEALED: Ribadu is an APC Mole in PDP – Report
If report reaching Abusidiqu on the defection of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as well as his ambition to contest the October 11 governorship election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is anything to go by, then the joy of the PDP for capturing a ‘big fish’ from the opposition party may soon hit the rock.
According to report, Ribadu who until his defection to the PDP, was a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had only gone to the PDP to prevent the party from clinching the Adamawa governorship seat, following the ouster of Nyako. Simply put, he is an APC mole planted in the PDP.
The report said a source revealed that plot to plant Ribadu in the PDP as a mole was hatched during the days of former governor Murtala Nyako when it became obvious that his impeachment will sail through.
Nyako, who was impeached by the Adamawa State House of Assembly in July was said to have told the party hierarchy that the only way to regain back the State was to send one of their members who is easily acceptable to the PDP and Nigerians, the report stated.
The source noted that following their plan, a presidential aide who has sympathy for the party planted the idea in the head of Hassan Tukur, Principal Secretary to President Goodluck Jonathan who had to convince the President to agree to Ribadu’s return and give him the ticket.
Hassan we gathered reminded the President on how Ribadu helped him to become governor by witch hunting his former boss, Alamasiegha through the probe of his corrupt practices which made him impeached, that later led to his (Jonathan) current elevation as President. He also convinced the President that where it not for Ribadu who brought corrupt dossiers against Peter Odili that made him step down as Vice Presidential candidate, he wouldn’t have been where he is today. After much conviction, Jonathan demanded that Hassan reach out to Ribadu and co-opt him into the race and fly the PDP banner.
The source further revealed that Nyako had to nominate Ribadu as his successor but through the PDP when he realized that his son, Abdul Aziz who has an eye for the top shot cannot get it following the impending impeachment. The game plan was to use Ribadu to become the governor and scatter the PDP in the State before defecting back to the APC.
According to our informant, the APC is currently in touch with Ribadu and the Presidential aide who sold the idea to Hassan. The source revealed that the refusal of APC to comment on his defection so far in negative light is because of the game plan they have successfully executed. When asked who is sponsoring the former corruption Czar, the source stated that Hassan is the money bag behind his campaign success so far.
As if to give credence to the report, the Punch reported that PDP governors have started plotting against Ribadu, whom many believed will be imposed on the party by the presidency and the party’s leadership to fly PDP’s flag in the October 11 election.
At a meeting convened by the president which had in attendance, some key members of the party, the division between the presidency and the PDP governors was said to have been discussed.
A source at the meeting said the governors said Ribadu cannot be trusted, especially giving his antecedents.
“It is not ideal for the man (Ribadu) to come close to us at all, We still don’t know why Hassan Tukur is insisting on the man,” one of the governors was quoted to have said.
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