Pioneer chairman of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, few days after his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has explained the reason behind his political move.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Ribadu said his “carefully considered decision” to defect to another party was in “in pursuit of a good cause, and never out of any selfish interests”.
Although he did not shed more light on what this “good cause” might be, he said his next step in his political struggle would be made known in due course.
“I know how difficult it may be for you to come to terms with my defection to another party,” Mr. Ribadu said. “But I must assure you that it’s a carefully considered decision for which I do not wish to hurt anyone’s feeling. I’ll not embark on a needless animosity with my good friends, irrespective of political, religious, regional and ethnic affiliations.
“For now, I wish to assure you that my defection is in pursuit of a good cause, and never out of any selfish interests as portrayed by a section. Thanks for bearing with me on this decision, and for those who have been in solidarity with my struggles and still giving me the benefits of the doubt, I’m most grateful. I’ll never let you down on this new path”.
The former presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, who also reacted to a report credited to him in which he disparaged his former political co-travelers in the APC, pointed out that though he had left the opposition party, he would continue to hold the party’s leaders in high esteem.
He said, “Let me quickly make it known that I did not issue a statement disparaging APC and its members, including Governors Amaechi, Kwankwaso… These were clearly fabricated, expected backlash, by mischievous characters interested in misleading the public and drawing a picture of non-existent feuds between me and my good friends.
“My defection shouldn’t be seen as an initiation of political antagonism with my good friends in another party. I still hold them in high esteem, and even where there are marked differences, I believe there are decorous and honorable ways of resolving them. So, kindly disregard any statement said to be by me attacking the personality of any politician since my defection. I’ll never allow myself to be drawn into such disrespectful exchange”.
Mr. Ribadu formally joined the PDP by registering in his Bako ward, Yola South Local Government on Saturday and was given a membership card with registration number 1933795.