Atiku kicks as Ribadu returns to
by Yusuf Alli, July 20, 2016 at 12:08 am in
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Nuhu Ribadu has returned to the All
Progressives Congress (APC), The Nation
The former Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) Chairman got a letter
from Adamawa State chapter of the
party seeking his return to the party.
He is going to be readmitted with a former
governorship candidate of the defunct Action
Congress of Nigeria( ACN ) in the state, Mr.
Marcus Gundiri, with their supporters.
But former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar,
Adamawa State Governor Jibrilla Bindow, and
two others have protested to National
Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun and the
National Working Committee (NWC) against
The APC leadership told Atiku, the governor
and others that the constitution allows an
individual to join a party of his choice.
Once a state chapter of the party is receptive
to anyone’s membership, there is a limit to
which the National Headquarters can do, they
Ribadu accepted to return to APC following
overtures from the leaders of APC at the
national level, ex-Governor Murtala Nyako, the
Secretary to the Government of the
Federation Babachir David Lawal, the state
and local government chapters of the party.
A June 22, 2016 letter by the Adamawa State
chapter, signed by the Acting State Secretary,
Alh. Saidu Naira invited Ribadu back to the
The letter reads: “We the entire APC
Adamawa State chapter wish to invite you
back to your “Home party”, APC.
“Given your track records and progressive
nature, we strongly believe APC is where you
“We are also mindful of the efforts and
contributions you made during the merger
without which the merger would have been
“To this end, we reaffirm our request for you
to come home to APC and assist and
contribute to the success of the APC
government both at the state and national
A party source said: “We decided to invite
Ribadu to return to APC because he was
frustrated out by some PDP elements who
defected to our party during the merger and
countdown to 2015 elections.
“Ribadu did so much for APC in Adamawa
State but the setback which made him to go
to PDP was frustration following a
disagreement with some of our leaders, like
ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on the
impeachment of ex-Governor Murtala Nyako.
Ribadu worked tirelessly to save Nyako from
impeachment but our leaders paid lip service
and stoked the fire which made ex-Speaker
Umar Fintiri to remove the former governor.
“The insincerity of APC leaders in the state
made Ribadu to defect to PDP against his
own volition. So, he left APC as a result of
local politics. It was a state affair but today
things have changed.
“When Ribadu was pushed to the wall, he had
no choice than to pitch tent with the PDP
which needed a credible candidate. Ribadu
was frustrated out of APC for being a true
party man to save Nyako.
“And the PDP elements, who joined APC, were
uncomfortable with the anti-corruption stance
of Ribadu and his acceptance in the party. So,
it was convenient to hatch a plot to kick him
out of the party.
“Today Nyako is vindicated and Umar Fintiri is
under investigation by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC).
“We are now out to correct the past by asking
him to return to APC because Nyako has
been vindicated. The court said his removal
was wrong. Ribadu has also been justified
because he insisted that Nyako was a victim
of political vendetta and abuse of power.
Nyako is back.
“We have realised that we have all wronged
Ribadu. We want him back.”
Asked if Ribadu has accepted the offer, the
source said: “He has agreed to return to our
fold. We are all happy with him.”
Atiku, Bindow, the Secretary to the Adamawa
State Government and the Chief of Staff on
Monday protested to John Odigie-Oyegun and
The four-man delegation met with Odigie-
Oyegun and his team.
It was all about Ribadu, a source said.
The source, a member of the NWC, said: “We
were all shocked that the ex-VP came with
the governor and two others to prevail on the
leadership of the party not to readmit Ribadu
“They spoke of the need for party discipline
since Ribadu contested on PDP platform
against Bindow. They said Ribadu’s coming
back will spell doom for APC unity in the
“They all forgot that they were once in PDP
too before defecting to APC. Bindow is a
former PDP senator.
“Some of us spoke about added value which
Ribadu can bring to our party as one of the
brains behind the merger politics which led to
the birth of APC.
“Contrary to their mission, the leadership at
the national level and stakeholders are
extremely excited about the return of Ribadu.
He is a progressive in thinking and action. The
APC needs his service. We became suspicious
because no leader of APC at the state level
“At the end of the day, the party said
constitutionally you cannot stop anybody from
joining a party. We told the delegation that it
is a state issue. If the state executives of
APC accept Ribadu, we cannot reject him.
“We will however do our best to reconcile all
members of the party, whether old or new.
Our ultimate target is to keep the APC family
It was also gathered that President
Muhammadu Buhari’s supporters endorsed the
return of Ribadu.