A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and former presidential candidate under the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has stated that he is unperturbed about the pressure mounted by his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), to halt his planned defection to the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The leadership of the opposition APC has continued to dissuade the former anti-corruption chief from defecting to the PDP.
But reacting to the move, Ribadu noted that while he appreciated the gestures, he is entitled to his decision.
Speaking through his media aide, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, the former presidential aspirant seeking to contest the Adamawa governorship election said the current pressure was a sign of his competence.
A statement signed by Abdulaziz and made available to newsmen on Wednesday noted that: “Ribadu has support irrespective of political leanings in the state. The people need someone with Ribadu’s credentials. Thus it is no wonder he is under pressure from all quarters.”
Abdulaziz also added that Ribadu had grassroots appeal as a result of his anti-corruption crusade which made him a house hold name.
The news that the former EFCC boss is seeking to contest for the office of the governor in Adamawa state has continued to draw mixed reactions across the country. While many have hailed the move, others have flayed the move based on the report that he intends to contest under the platform of the PDP
But Abdulaziz said the former EFCC boss was enjoying massive support from the state because the people have identified corruption as the biggest issue.
He noted that although Ribadu did not have a godfather, he has widespread support from major stakeholders both in the state and the presidency.