How Ribadu Picked PDP Membership Card in Adamawa
The news broke on Saturday that a former chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has dumped the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and registered for the party in his state.
While the pressure from the national leadership of the PDP and the Presidency mounted on Ribadu to defect and contest the governorship election of Adamawa State under the platform of the ruling PDP, he kept sealed lips until the news of his defection broke.
It however emerged that Ribadu did not personally register as a member of the PDP in his state.
It was gathered that his siblings registered for him at his Makama Ward in Yola South and sent the registration card to him in Abuja to enable him pick the PDP governorship form for the Adamawa State governorship election.
This may have been the reason why the national leadership of the PDP said they are not aware that Ribadu has defected to the party.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Ibrahim Jalo, said in Abuja on Saturday, that “It is after the official defection that we can say whether he had moved or not and whether he will get waiver or not. Even at that, he has to ask for the waiver.”
Efforts to speak to Ribadu has so far proved negative, but a source said he would likely address journalists on Monday on defection to the PDP as well as his governorship ambition.
He is expected to pick the PDP nomination form of Monday, so as to beat the deadline for obtaining the party’s form.
Ribadu’s registration in the PDP was was to forestall the chances of Ribadu picking the PDP nomination form especially after a last minute meeting with the Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
Mu’azu was said to have engaged in a last minute horse trading to convince Ribadu into joining the PDP so he can pick the party’s nomination form which closes on Tuesday (August 19).
It was gathered that Muazu met Ribadu for some hours on Friday as part of the last minute moves to pressurise the ex-EFCC chairman to join the PDP.
Sources said that their discussions centered on the need for waiver for Ribadu to enable him vie for the PDP governorship ticket.
Any defector to PDP is expected to fulfill mandatory two-year membership before aspiring for an elective office unless a waiver is granted by the party’s leadership.
A reliable source said: “I am aware that Muazu had a meeting with Ribadu on Friday. In fact, they went for Jumat Service together before holding talks on issues having to do with the latter’s invitation to PDP.
“This is not the first time the two leaders were meeting or discussing. But I think Friday’s talks had to do with the membership of PDP and the governorship slot of the party.
“It is normal when new entrants are being welcomed. Even some members of the House of Representatives who defected from APGA to PDP had audience with Muazu.
“But Adamawa’s case is peculiar. There has been pressure here and there on PDP and Ribadu. Some PDP members welcome Ribadu’s defection, some are vehemently opposed to him. There is division in the party on whether to grant Ribadu a waiver or not.”
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