Why I joined PDP, by Ribadu

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Aug 19th, 2014
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A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has explained why he left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He also denied disparaging the APC and Governors Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano).

Ribadu was the presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), one of the parties that fused to form the APC.

In a letter to APC Chairman in Bako Ward in Adamawa State, he said he would forever be thankful to the opposition party for admitting him into its fold as a member.

The letter, dated August 14, 2014, reads: “I wish to forward my membership withdrawal with the All Progressives Congress (APC) from this day, Monday, 30th of July 2014.

“It has indeed been a great pleasure working and being associated with the party, APC. I am forever thankful for all the support accorded me while I was a member.”

On his Facebook page, Ribadu opened up to his friends on why he joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He also denied insinuations that he attacked APC, Amaechi and Kwankwaso.

He said: “I know how difficult it may be for you to come to terms with my defection to another party. 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 and ethnic affiliations.

“Let me make it known that I did not issue a statement disparaging APC and its members, including Governors Rotimi 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 honourable 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.

“As for my next step in this political struggle, this would be made known in due time.

“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. Thank you!”

Yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the time table and schedule of activities for the Adamawa State governorship by-election.

The by-election to replace impeached Governor Murtala Nyako has been slated for October 11, in accordance with Section 191(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which states that governorship election shall hold not more than three (3) months from the date of impeachment of a governor.

According to INEC’s time table and schedule of activities, September 17 is the last day for the submission of nomination forms to the INEC headquarters. September 29 is the  last day for publication of details of candidates.

Campaigns end on October 9.

Where the election is unable to produce a winner, a run-off election is slated for seven days after the announcement of the result.

The last day for submission of Forms CF002, CF001 and nomination forms at the INEC headquarters is September 17. The last day for publication of personal particulars of candidates (CF001) is September 29. Campaign ends on October 9.

“Should there be any run-off election, it will be held within seven days after    the announcement of the result of the election in accordance with Section 171 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

As at yesterday, nine aspirants have picked the PDP nomination forms.

Latest to pick the form is Adamawa State House of Assembly Chief Whip Jerry Kumdisi.

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