Don’t grant waivers to Ribadu – Clark

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Aug 28th, 2014
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Prominent Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has warned the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against granting waivers to the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

Already, the party leadership at the national and state levels are divided on the issue.

The committee put in place by the party to consider the waiver request is expected to present its report later on Thursday

Clark queried the rationale behind such consideration since Ribadu, according to him, lacks the “political pedigree.”

He said it would be unacceptable to other aspirants if the committee clear Ribadu who joined the party few weeks ago.

The former federal commissioner for information who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday faulted the defection of the former anti-graft czar from the All Progressives Congress to the PDP.

He said, “How can we so brazenly break our own rules to destabilize our party, if not in a dangerous palace coup in the interests of high-level element within and beyond the party for reasons best known to them? What is this man bringing into the party? His antecedents are many; alas, not clean.

“My respected, chairman, is this the paperweight politician from Adamawa state, a state which gave the president the highest number of votes, behind Taraba, that is being celebrated as a viable candidate to fly the party’s flag in 2015?

“A Presidential candidate turned governorship aspirant, being celebrated? And you are from that zone, and should know much more than I do. Why do we seem so unmindful of the collateral damage this abnormal development, its timing and all, would cause the party, in terms of loss of enthusiasm and indeed, membership in massive numbers?

“Has something gone into our eyes and brains, or we are all locked in voodoo charms of some fifth-columnists working out some wicked, unpatriotic, subterranean agenda, in league without opponents, to undercut the President, the party and nation?

“Also note that the recrimations over, God forbid, the downfall of the President and the party, will first be visited upon the leadership. Please note that names of possible internal blacklegs are beginning to pop up here and there.”

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