Nuhu Ribadu Defects To PDP, As APC Expresses Disappointment
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the defection of one of its chieftains, Nuhu Ribadu, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as ‘very terrible’.
Reports surfaced on Saturday, August 16 that Ribadu, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had decamped to the ruling party, PDP.
Reacting to the defection, the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun who spoke with Premium Times in a telephone interview on Sunday, said Ribadu’s action was merely a confirmation of the level to which the Nigerian society had degenerated.
Oyegu expressed disappointment that a man of his calibre would fall into temptation because of governorship position.
He said: “For a man of his calibre to say the things he has said on record and still did this, is disappointing. If he had done this six months ago that would have been understandable. But just because of nomination, you fell for it, even if it is the main election. (Buba) Marwa is there; the Speaker is there. This is rock bottom. Haba wetin! The disconnection is too direct.
“I hope you understand the point I am making. I am not sad because of the APC, but because it reflects on the condition of the Nigerian elite and the kind of things they fall for. For the APC, there is no problem. People go, people come, but for this nation, it is a very sad commentary. It makes you unhappy.”
However, Oyegun said the APC wishes him luck in his new party.
He explained that the time has come when the nation should have politicians of principle, adding that things like this cannot continue.
had told this newspaper that the former EFCC boss had registered as a member of the party and given party membership card.
Reports surfaced recently that Ribadu was trying to decamp to PDP and had met with President Jonathan and got the president’s approval to go for the soon to be vacant governorship position in Adamawa state.
Ribadu was the presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the 2011 elections. ACN later merged with the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, the Congress for Progressives Change, CPC, and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA to form the APC
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