Updated: Ribadu, others, pick nomination forms

Mr. Ribadu says he is not in PDP for automatic ticket.

The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has picked the expression of Interest and nomination forms to run for Adamawa Governor in the October 11 election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Mr. Ribadu formally joined the PDP in Bako ward of Yola South Local Government on Saturday.

The Chairman of Youth for Good Governance in Adamawa State, a PDP Pressure group supporting Ribadu’s candidature, Isa Toungo, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Ribadu was given a membership card with registration number 1933795.

One of Mr. Ribadu’s associates, Hamidu Mahmud, who led the team that went to the national headquarters of the PDP to pick the forms, said contrary to reports, the former APC presidential candidate did not join the PDP just to pick an automatic governorship ticket for Adamawa State.

He also said Mr. Ribadu had already applied for waiver in line with the party’s constitutional provision to enable him qualify and participate in the election.

Mr. Mahmud also dismissed the notion that Mr. Ribadu was in the contest at the behest of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The framers of the PDP Constitution did not insert the waiver clause in anticipation of Nuhu Ribadu; it is a principle of general application. So, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, having joined the party, is expected to enjoy this waiver clause that is in the PDP Constitution. We have applied for the waiver and we are awaiting the decision of the party on that. We are not aware that the President wants Ribadu, it was some PDP Chieftains in the state that called on Ribadu to come and contest for the governorship of the state. So, the question of the President wanting Ribadu does not arise in this case,” he said

Ten aspirants so far obtained forms

Mr. Ribadu was the 10th aspirant to pick the nomination form as at the time of publishing this story.

Before Mr. Ribadu, others such as former political adviser to Mr. Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, Acting governor of the state, Umaru Fintiri, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aliyu Idi Hong, son of the immediate past chairman of the PDP, Awwal Tukur, former Executive Secretary of UBEC, Ahmed Modibbo, former Military Administrator of Lagos state, Buba Marwa and three others obtained the forms.

Mr. Ribadu’s nomination form number is 000092, while his expression of interest form is 000060.

There were reports on Friday that Mr. Tukur had stepped down for Mr. Ribadu.

However, Mr. Tukur, who was also at Wadata Plaza to pick his form, told journalists that he was in the race and had not stepped down for any candidate.

“I have not stepped down for Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and as you see, I’ve come here this afternoon to pick up my form. That alone is an indication that I am in the race and we will see what happens after we have our elections,” he said.

Mr. Tukur spoke on the possibility of a consensus candidate emerging at the primary election slated for September 6.

“Consensus is a major pinnacle of our party. As politicians, we all know that everyone will not get it at one point. We have not had any consensus meeting. I don’t think anyone has had one or has told me. Like I said, we are all preparing for elections.

“Who said the consensus is for Mallam Ribadu? It maybe for me for instance, it may be for someone else. So, yes, consensus is an option under party rules, but at the moment we are all working towards elections,” he said.


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  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nuhu Ribadu has lost what remained of his honour,respect and love by huge Nigerian population with his defection to the PDP he categorized as nest of killers and corrupt ridden elements whose some of its members the EFCC Ribadu led prosecuted and jailed for corruption practices.Ribadu has joined the league of looters,thieves and embezzlers with
    the popular saying:If you can not beat them you join them.Ribadu will not win Adamawa State gubernatorial seat at the end then he would be in deepen guagmire state.

  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    Nuhu Ribadu is not a crook and therefore cannot remain in APC (A Place for Crooks).

    What is El Rufai and Buhari waiting for ?

    • Maria

      To join the likes of Saint Kashamu, Convicted Alams, James Ibori, Farouk Lawan, etc.

    • Easy

      You already have Modu Sherif ( Boko Haram kingpin). Buruji Kashamu ( Drug kingpin), Bode george, Anenih, Omisore, Fayose, M. Abacha, Abba Moro, Asari Dokubo and a host of other criminals.

      • Efe1

        Please remind him, the umbrella is quaking under the weight of to many criminals in PDP. If you are a big time criminal and want to escape prosecution, you just need to join PDP, sing the praise of GEJ to the dept of hell, and form a group, thieves earnestly seek GEJ. Maybe GEJ or we die 2015!

    • Factual

      Thank God, You acknowledge that these people you mentioned are not crooks.

    • Efe1

      It is refreshing that you consider these APC member noble people. Please I challenge you to name as many currently in PDP.

  • checkmate

    PDP behind suicide bombings in Nigeria – Ribadu

    Former presidential flag bearer of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should be held responsible for incessant suicide bombings in the country.

    Ribadu also blamed the ruling party for the high rate of insecurity and corruption currently rocking the nation.

    According to him: “The PDP has ruled Nigeria since 1999 and the only things it brought to us are insecurity, suicide bombings and corruption at the highest level.”Speaking further, he said “PDP has failed Nigeria. It is time to give the opposition a new chance. I call on other opposition parties to join the new train of progressives.” Ribadu who spoke to Daily Sun in Abuja at the weekend, also warned members of the newly-formed All Progressives Congress (APC) to be wary of the antics of those dissatisfied with the emergence of the party. “Those benefitting from today’s political structure will not want the new party to succeed. Daily Post. February 12, 2013


    • Goodluck_Nigeria

      Please be informed that Ribadu was referring to the Old PDP that had OBJ, Atiku etc. etc. etc. . ……. but God be thanked ……. all these people that held Nigeria down are now in APC ……. and what we have now is what I call RE-BORN PDP …… a party fit for folks like Ribadu, Buhari, El Rufai, Oby Ezekwesili, Sam Ndah-Isaiah, Shehu Sani, Fashola etc.

  • Damilola Oluwadare

    Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi, there are two questions here. First, each candidate must chose how best to sell itself. Buhari debated in 2003, 2007, 2011. Goodluck Jonathan DID NOT debate. Question is: why use different standards? Yes debate is good. But you check the rigged Nigerian system before you jump. In a situation whereby one of the candidates literally sits in Lagos distributing raw cash to swindle voters in the western part of the country, it behoves on journalists to SPEAK to that. Ordinarily rule of thump and common wisdom in electoral politics is that weaker candidates are more desperate to call for debate with the stronger candidate. And the stronger candidate will tend to refuse-this is standard. In this election, Mr. Jonathan is the weaker candidate and Buhari and his handlers have right to exercise same discretion Mr. Jonathan exercised in 2003, 2007 and 2011. I am calling out the logic of the situation now and this is what we should respond to. So? The issue that some candidate is “timid” to debate should be treated with the intellectual contempt it deserves. Secondly, I will NOT touch the following newsmedia-THisday and AIT. These are PDP?Goodluck Jonathan well funded media. So Thisday? Please forget it. And Please do not ask me to produce the cheque with which Thisday and AIT are funded. My answer is: Did you read that Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke donated 70 million Naira to a one -day rally of Mr. Jonathan in Bayelsa? Where did that money come from, from a minister? Can the cheque be produced? Definitely NO! Such corrupt oil funding pass through informal hands!!! This is Nigeria Mr. Ogunlesi. We live in Nigeria.

    • Damilola Oluwadare

      Sorry, I meant rule of “thumb” and not “thump”!