A presidential candidate on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), now the All Progressives Congress (APC), in 2011, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has joined the PDP.
According to reports, siblings of the former the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, 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.
Though Ribadu is yet to confirm the development, sources say he would likely make his intention known to the media on Monday.
However, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party denied knowledge of Ribadu’s movement from the All Progressives Congress.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Ibrahim Jalo, said, “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.”
Recall that a group, the Concerned Youths for Good Governance in Adamawa State, had described those kicking against the purported ambition of Ribadu to contest as Governor under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as enemies of the state.
In a press statement signed by its chairman, Alhaji Isa Ibrahim Toungo in Yola, the Association said any one or group, opposing Ribadu was only intimidated by Ribadu’s credentials.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to a campaign of calumny against the person and ambition of the much respected Mallam Nuhu Ribadu orchestrated by some spent-forces who felt intimidated by our recent call on Ribadu to dump his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and contest for the governorship of Adamawa state under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“We are particularly irked by reports in the media quoting anonymous sources, obviously politicians too intimidated to come out in the open, to the effect that Nuhu Ribadu is not welcome in the PDP or that Ribadu would be imposed on the party from Abuja.”
It added that the sentiments being exhibited by those against Ribadu were baseless as they completely negate the policy and philosophy of the PDP whose aim was to promote massive participation.
The PDP state chairman, Chief Joel Madaki, and some chieftains had publicly disapproved the alleged moves by the former police officer to join the party.
According to them, no “stranger” from another party would be allowed to join the party and “reap where he did not sow”.