EXCLUSIVE: Ribadu goes into hiding as PDP governors move to appoint him party chair

FILE PHOTO: Nuhu Ribadu smiles to himself as fans cheer during a rally
FILE PHOTO: Nuhu Ribadu smiles to himself as fans cheer during a rally

As the opposition Peoples Democratic Party gets set to name a new leader of the party, governors and other chieftains of the PDP are on a manhunt for a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, in their bid to make him chairman.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that a meeting of the national caucus of the PDP is currently holding in Abuja, after which the National Executive Committee will meet at the Wadata Plaza secretariat of the party by 2p.m. on Tuesday.

Mr. Ribadu was tipped for the chairmanship position last year, shortly after the then chairman, Ahmadu Muazu, resigned from office.

However, we gathered that the move to have him replace mr. Muazu, championed by governors elected under the party, was thwarted by the National Working Committee, NWC, under the interim leadership of Uche Secondus.

We also gathered that Mr. Ribadu, who had earlier agreed to take the offer, also abandoned it on account of “lack of seriousness to truly reform the party by its top echelon”.

However, after a long back and forth and controversy, including court cases, the party agreed to hold a special NEC meeting to fill the position created by the resignation of Mr. Muazu.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt of spirited attempts in the last few days by some top party chieftains to persuade Mr. Ribadu to accept to chair and transform the party.

A source privy to the goings on in the PDP said some of the party’s governors visited Mr. Ribadu in a last-minute effort to get him to change his position. He was, however, said to have stuck to his guns.

“Since midnight yesterday, party chieftains led by a governor from the South-south region began a search for Ribadu, to no avail.

“The ex-EFCC chair was said to have gone incommunicado since last night, making all attempts to reach him impossible,” the source said.

He also said at least four governors of the party and other chieftains are currently waiting at the Bayelsa Governor’s Lodge in the Maitama area of Abuja, scrambling to reach Mr Ribadu.

“Mr. Ribadu, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, is skeptical of taking the PDP job because of the battered image the party has suffered, especially with the ongoing corruption probes.

“He is also not confident that the party’s bigwigs would tolerate his radical disposition,” our source said.

PREMIUM TIMES reporters have been unsuccessful in reaching Mr. Ribadu for hours. His telephones were switched off the several times our reporters called.

At his residence in the Asokoro District of Abuja, security guards denied our reporters entry, saying the former EFCC chairman was not at home, and that his whereabouts was unknown.

When contacted, his spokesperson, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, said he had not been able to reach Mr. Ribadu in the past two days.


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  • chyke

    Mr. Ribadu showed crass opportunism when he defected from the APC whose presidential flag he once flew and joined the then ruling PDP. With PDP now in disarray, he won’t like to head this sinking behemoth. He will be on standby in case PMB will need his services. Like Atiku, Ribadu has shown he can’t play in the opposition.

  • Spoken word

    Lol.running away from the party of waste and sewage

  • Papa Oghworiodo [Warri]

    MY CHILDREN,

    Una good morning. I am just waking up. I have this big headache on my left hand side.
    I think part of it is the thief-thief matter I read here everyday. Doctor now told me to avoid stress.
    After one week now I opened my internet and entered Premium TImes only to see thief-thief again.
    I think have to come out of Premium Times and go to music section of internet to avoid any stress.
    If Chief of Air Force too is hiding loot inside latrine soak-away, there is no solution to Nigeria again.
    The President Buhari too is not straight, but somehow very crooked himself, with his own 419 Budget.

    • Sorry, papa Oghworiodo, don’t go there!. I have just abandoned and came out of the music section of the internet because all they are singing now is robberr!, robberr!!…, ole!, olee!!…Dasukii, Dasukii…. In fact you will be better off staying with the Premium Times. At least your head-ache is at the moment only sided!

      • Son of Truth

        Papa,

        See what they are playing in the music section of the internet all day today; viz:

        Na true i want talk again O!….well well….if i dey lie O….well, well……
        ….Make Edumare punish me O….well well …..make Chineke punish me o….well.

        S.AN IS NO BETTER THAN A BADGE OF INFAMY BOUGHT AND SOLD AFTER A TIP
        AND A HANDSHAKE, AS A MASK WITHOUT ANY CORRELATION WITH ANY MERITS.

  • Yemi

    Make then no waste their time. Pdp don become a regional party of south south, southeast

    • Jeoseph

      Not all South South abeg forget about election conducted by Igbo inec.
      Ribadu don’t run, they can’t force you, if you are sincere tell them NO.

  • Abdul

    PDP is a bad news that any serious human being will want to associate with. PDP will die a natural death. The brand is unsaleable.

  • Rumournaire

    PDP wants to launder its image of corruption-personified by appointing a man known for integrity as its chairman. But Nuhu Ribadu knows their objective and is not prepared to be so used especially when he knows that PDP’s repentance is not from the heart.

  • D.N.T

    @disqus_JrddSXw5uL:disqus

    In concept as framed in 1999, PDP is a far better party for national cohesion than the shambolic APC.
    PDP was conceived in 1999 to uphold the secular status of Nigeria, while APC party advances Islam.
    Alhaja Abike Dabiri and Alhaji Babafemi Ojudu are misfits as appointees but appointed as Muslims.
    The whole idea of APC party is to pitchfork Muslims into public office without comparative merits.
    APC is divisive and offensive to the wholly Christian communities of Igboland and south-south.
    APc divides Yorubaland on religious lines and raises Muslims above their intellectual superiors.
    APC is an evil political party that should never exist in a multi-religious country like Nigeria.

    • Rommel

      Why then is the PDP going to the APC for its chairman?

    • Abdul

      Cry cry baby, look for something else to say, you can see that your propaganda about APC being a religious party didnt work in the last election, if you start religious propaganda again, PDP WILL LOSE BIG TIME AGAIN.

  • Artful ºDodger

    You can give the job to Oliseh Metuh, Dasuki, nnamdi canoe, kanu or whichever it is. These people are better qualified for the job. They have the kind of profile the PDP represent.

  • Sean

    SHAME TO THE IGBOS WHO BRANDED PDP AN IGBO OR JONATHAN PARTY.. WELL PDP ARENT LOOKING FROM CHAIRMAN FROM SE OR SS BUT THE NORTHERN HAUSA FULANI THE PDP ONLINE WARRIORS HAVE BEEN ABUSING FOR YEARS NOW.. WHAT AN IRONY OF LIFE AND COME 2019, THE IGBOS WILL BE VOTING THE HAUSA FULANI THEY HATE WITH PASSION. WHAT A CONFUSED AND IRRELEVANT PEOPLE, SECONDUS KICKED OUT IN A DAY, DOES THIS NOT SHOW SOME IGBOS THAT PDP ISNT A SE PARTY BUT APGA AND INFACT THE SAME APGA THEY HATE! CONFUSED PEOPLE!!

    • Kenny boy

      boy your grammar is just as confusing as your warped thoughts/ideas/innuendos/dreams… about the ibos, whatever you choose to call it. Fact, Ibos shall, and must still own the properties in your village; like it or not!!

    • Netanyahu

      Yes, Fayose and the Ekiti voters who voted overwhelmingly for PDP in 2015 are Ibos. All that voted for Agbaje and PDP in Lagos and other yoruba states Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun are Ibos? I can understand your frustration with Ibos around you. There’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. This is wishing you untimely death to avoid seeing Ibos around you. Goat.

  • JSA1

    WELL, IF THE RUMOUR IS CORRECT, THAT IS THE END OF RIBADU. RIBADU IS NOT A POLITICIAN AND HOW CAN HE SUPERINTEND THESE GROUP OF ROUGUES IN PDP? YOU NEED A REAL CRIMINAL TO LEAD A CRIMINAL GROUP OF PEOPLE LIKE THE PDP. BYE BYE TO RIBADU!

    • Ade

      It seems you are ‘God’, cos you know the destiny of people. pls tell me mine

      • Lenz

        Will he use ‘teeth’ to tell you your “destiny”? You should do what you PDP people are good at: pay money so he can tell you what you already know but don’t want to accept… None of you can accept the truth…

        • Ade

          you low level scum does my comments have PDP tagged in it???. so one can not be rational or just post a comment?? Ribadu can do all he wants, after all is far better than 95% of hypocrites in APC went it comes to some glimpse of integrity

          • george

            Ribadu has nothing close to integrity except you don’t understand the real and full meaning of the word integrity.

          • Lenz

            So rather than use teeth I see you decided to develop your own powers of clairvoyance? How else would you know that 95% of APC are hypocrites? Good thing is you can now tell our own destiny and don’t need APC “hypocrites” to do it for you!

  • Bigtin

    Go to work Mr Ribadu ……your legacy is assured!

  • Rommel

    Will the Jonathan supporters and PDP still have the guts to insult the Fulani? today they are pleading on their knees for Ribadu to become their party Chairman,wunderbar!

    • sheyman

      Ribadu that joined PDP less than a year ago. PDP don suffer, no serious politician with reputation will honour such offer to be the chairman, not even ribadu that is secretly striking deal with APC to join them.

  • donMe$$i

    These PDP guys are jokers!
    Don’t they get it? Nijeriyans will not have anything to do with PDP for the next 100yrs.
    Haven’t they heard of Sai Baba’s exploits???
    Why will any sane Nigerian go near APC…sorry PDP, when Sai Baba has stabilised the economy and fixed the weak Naira?
    PDP LEAVE US ALONE! THE NAIRA IS NOW 350 TO A DOLLAR! WE HAVE GOTTEN THE CHANGE WE NEED!
    SAI BABA!
    A-FEE-C! ONE CHANCE!!!!

  • Sparzo

    Ribadu feared for his life once before, and fled the country because of the PDP.
    People should not be surprised he is running away from them again.

    • george

      Running away from them again only return back to them when the work is done. He is a tropical Northerner co—-ward that always looking for done position to occupy.

      • Sparzo

        Oh well. ”Goodluck” with the Northerner with bad breath.
        Anyway, how come you biafrans always prefer a northerner as your leader.
        Are there no biafrans with honesty, diligence and integrity?
        Na wao!

  • Abidilagungun

    Make una forget Ribadu, me I ready for the job. Wetin? Chairman no be to siddon for chair?

  • Julius

    If they tripple the pay and around the clock security for me and my family, I will consider taking the Job.

  • wazobia scatter!!!!!!

    ribadu would soon be running back to apc …………………wrong choice …………………………….

  • Maria

    Where did Ribadu get his wealth to afford a house in asokoro?

    • Wale

      His father in-law he claims.
      BS upon cow Shit.
      if you belive that, I have an ocean view condo to sell in Arizona.

    • YK

      Ribadu is more corrupt than those he was chasing

  • joe

    Nobody in his right senses would see an open cesspit and dive headfirst into it 🙂

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  • Burning Spear

    Ribadu joined the party–PDP from ACN-to enable him spy for the Apes in APC————–He is stil a member of the thieves in APC–busy stealing budget proposals at night–in the Senate—————and blaming others for their thieving habits–If a man like Buhari can not get things right with the Budget in aso rock who else can-As a retired Fulani General–It shows the man as a fake–a thief hiding under the cloak of his wayo one sided anti corruption rubbish

    • Sir Charles

      End Time!!!

      Google

      Rosary of the Unborn

  • tuby NY

    I guess Ribadu is using his brain wisely now compared to last year when he stupidly n unwisely jumped-ship 2this sorry-ass party called ‘PDP” just 2b a Governor. Ribadu reputations was all a bit intact b4 this his brainless move — seems he has learned his lessons by refusing this offer sha..