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Adamawa Guber: Pressure on Ribadu to Join PDP

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Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, is being pressurised to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and contest for the governorship  position in Adamawa State.

Ribadu, who is currently a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has refused to publicly comment on the governorship race. PDP sources told THISDAY  that moves were on to draft Ribadu into the race, following the impeachment of Murtala Nyako.

The electoral commission is, by law, expected to fill the position latest by October and a top official of the party hinted that Ribadu would be persuaded to join the PDP ahead of the poll because “it is the only realistic platform on which he can be elected.”

The APC is falling apart in the state after Nyako’s impeachment, with all the council chairmen in the 21 local government area, councillors and development area administrators defecting to the PDP.

“The incentives before Ribadu are very attractive. One, he will get an automatic ticket. Two, he will not spend one kobo on campaign as the party machinery will take care of that. Three, he can have a realistic go at presidency in 2019,” the official said.

It was also learnt that there is likely to be a demonstration by the youths in the streets of Yola in the days ahead. If Ribadu eventually defects to the PDP, the battle for the ticket is certainly going to take a dramatic turn as Brig-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) and Alhaji Awwal Tukur have already been tipped to go head-to-head in the PDP primaries as the top contenders, with acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri also, reported to be interested.

Ribadu’s entry as the “anointed candidate” will change the dynamics, with implications for internal party politics. Two days after information about the move emerged, a youth organisation, the Adamawa Concerned Youths for Good Governance has urged Ribadu to vie for governorship seat on the party’s platform.

The Chairman of the group, Alhaji Ibrahim Isa, said yesterday that the situation in Adamawa required a leader with focus and sense of dedication.

“We call on Ribadu to come and join the PDP and contest for the governorship seat of the state.

“Our call on the former EFCC chairman to contest in the forthcoming gubernatorial election is for him to salvage the state from total collapse and decay, occasioned by serious maladministration in the last fifteen years,” Isa said.

He said the group had identified corruption as the major cause of the under/development of the state, adding that Ribadu was the only solution to the menace.

“Ribadu is known internationally as an anti-corruption crusader and so if placed in a position of authority, a solution would be found and investors would be at ease investing in Adamawa,” Isa said.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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