Ribadu Speaks At Last: “Why I defected”

Four days after his defection from the All Progressives Congress [APC] to the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] became public, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], Nuhu Ribadu, has personally given an insight into why he crossed to the ruling party.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page Mr. Ribadu said his “carefully considered decision” to defect to another party was in “in pursuit of a good cause, and never out of any selfish interests”.

He did not expatiate on what this good cause is but he said his next step in his political struggle would be made known in due time.

“I know how difficult it may be for you to come to terms with my defection to another party,” Mr. Ribadu said. “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, regional and ethnic affiliations.

“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.”

The former EFCC chairman, who was reacting to a report quoting him as disparaging his former colleagues in the APC, said although he had left the opposition party, he would continue to hold its leaders in high esteem.

He said, “Let me quickly make it known that I did not issue a statement disparaging APC and its members, including Governors 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 honorable 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.”

Mr. Ribadu formally joined the PDP in Bako ward of Yola South Local Government on Saturday, to the chagrin of the APC, whose National Chairman, John Oyegun, described the development as “very terrible”.

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.

On Monday the former EFCC chairman obtained 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.

One of his associates, Hamidu Mahmud, who led the team that went to the national headquarters of the PDP in Abuja to obtain the forms, said contrary to reports, the former APC presidential candidate did not join the PDP just to pick automatic governorship ticket.

He also said Mr. Ribadu had already applied for waiver in line with the party’s constitutional provision to enable him qualifies and participates 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,” Mr. Mahmud said.

“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.”

READ MR. RIBADU’S FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

My good friends,

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, regional and ethnic affiliations.

Let me quickly make it known that I did not issue a statement disparaging APC and its members, including Governors 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 honorable 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!

Nuhu Ribadu


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  • 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

    THIS IS RIBADU FOR YOU FOLKS.

    • redeem

      THESE ARE THE VIEWS OF APC-VIA THE VOICE OF RIBADU——————————–MEANING THEY ALL KNEW THE STORIES THEY SOLD TO THE PUBLIC CONCERNING JONATHAN WERE TISSUES OF LIES———–BUT FOR REASONS BEST KNOWN TO HIM HE BOUGHT INTO THEM TO ENABLE HIM KEEP BODY AND SOUL TOGETHER–FOR NOW I DOT SEE ANY PRERSIDENTIAL MATERIAL IN APC–BE IT ATIKU-BUHAHRI KWANKASO————SADLY ALL OF THEM ARE FULANIS

      • Shehu

        DOES PDP BELONG TO THE FULANIS OR THE IJAWS?

      • Mosaku 147

        redeem eeeee. “Just when Jonathan was preparing to name him as his adviser on corruption”. How do you know this?or are you Oronto Douglas?
        Anyway,are you happy he has finally joined you? At least he comes with a lot of credibility to PDP as compared to others that have recently defected.i.e FFK,shekarau and SAS.

      • Yusuf Ismaila

        Redeem what will a Hausa-Fulani man do to make you like him? If the way you denigrate the Hausa- Fulani in virtually all your comments is what one goes by with, then it is difficult to understand what you stand for. If it is PDP , Ribadu has moved to PDP and he still can not save his kins men from your uncultured comment? Your mention of DASUKI here is intentional, but what has DASUKI got to do with this? Is it that you want insult our former sultan, i.e. the senior DASUK or is it that you want to tell the world that the junior DASUKI is been suspected? Because I don’t see what the name get to do with Ribadu’s politics. Your comment is insult all the way. refine your reasoning pls. you can hate Hausa-Fulani people but you should be fair to them at least for once!

  • Truthometer

    Ribadu is the biggest disappointment and shame to his generation. Finally, he came out in his true colour. Well, what can we say; we wish him goodluck in his new misadventure.

  • Peter Irene

    You have already let my down. My regret is voting for you in the last Presidential
    Election thinking you a principled person and the future of a new Nigeria. You have hurt so many by your action.

  • newvoice404

    This is the end of your political career. Its a shame

    • Foresight

      Politics is NOT religion. People even change their religion at times

  • Foresight

    It is NOT a political party that makes its members bad. Rather, it is
    bad members that make a political party bad. Ribadu has taken the right
    decision. Goodluck in your governorship aspiration. If you win, use the
    opportunity to prepare for the PDP Presidential ticket in 2019. That’s
    if the Igbos allow it to go to the North.

    • Babs

      PDP is bad because it is made up of bad members. Tell me those in PDP and I will tell you who they are.

    • djay

      Igbos no get mouth for politics o. so hold your side.

      • Nostory

        Igbos are second class citizens

        • okeke

          You and djay are right. Which is why Nigeria will continue to suffer different plagues and affliction i.e. corruption, kidnapping, poverty, underdevelopment, Boko-Haram, just like ancient Egypt until they freed The Israelites.

  • Segun Surulere

    Ribadu is free to go …. Party political affiliation and loyalty means diddly squat in Nigeria . If he is serious about leadership and has any hope of being elected in his state of origin , the only party he can USE as a vehicle is the PDP. Lets stop beating about the bush . APC failed him during the last elections when Tinubu sold him out for a mess of pottage and he has rightly alluded to the fact that there is absolutely no difference between both political camps. There is no room for sanctimonious APC bleeding heart propaganda. They are not progressives and only attempt to be vicariously.

  • Abdullahi M

    i salute your decision mal ribadu, by the grace of God it will be beneficial to mankind. i also admire your response to those politician like kwankwaso. despite the way he was describing your political move you chose to response to him in a more civilized manner.

  • Psalm 35

    Malam Ribadu owes no one any apology or explanation,we understand his perspective and the fact sometimes you have to stoop to conquer although I must say joining PDP is not stooping to conquer because it is 100 times better than APC. Having said that,may we all take time out to remember that Malam Ribadu has never been guided by selfish or monetary benefits in his political moves, he has not been found guilty of any such or his hands in the till. How many Nigerian politicians today can turn down a bribe of 15 million dollars in raw cash? Very little if not none. Ribadu did it for which the world holds him in high esteem till tomorrow.

    • Nigerian

      Ribadu is now a “Saint” for joining the Criminals Club. I pity the Nigerians masses.

  • Gbo_lee

    It is obvious that Ribadu is not happy to leave APC but is just going cos he has been succesfully swindled by the PDP with some inducements. I won’t be surprised if he is back in the APC after a while

  • Bankole

    Its quite disappointing and unfortunate about the decision of Ribadu to leave a party that he consider not different from PDP. i am of the opinion that this turn of event is more of personal ambition rather than principle. Ribadu is a brand, and I feel he can test his popularity in any party, even APC. Whilst, I may not judge your decision, it would have been better you leave APC for another party that fit into your ideology. Certainly not PDP.

  • Sani

    Now the acting Governor of Adamawa is showing interest in keeping his new found job and his colleagues and comrades at arms who conspired to dethrone Nyako are solidly behind him, so maybe Ribadu will do with a ministerial appointment?

  • shorebattery

    I have always said that no Nigerian politician is trustworthy. And I have said also that the solution to Nigeria’s problem is not in party politics for no political party would save this country. Ribadu is only showing the perfidy of the average Nigerian politician. I hope the PDP would disgrace him as the then ACN did to him at the 2011 general election.

  • PEOPLE

    THANK YOU MR. RIBADU FOR CROSSING TO PDP. APC IS A DEAD PARTY.

  • PEOPLE

    Governors Amaechi, Kwankwaso
    Governors Amaechi, Kwankwaso

  • PEOPLE

    Shame to

    Governors Amaechi, Kwankwaso

  • igbiki

    Mallam Ribadu made the right call!…

    I am still baffled
    how the presidential candidate of a party was not able to win even a single state in his party’s stronghold in a general election even though all the serving governors are from the same party as the supposed presidential candidate.

    I know Mr Ribadu is still flabbergasted by being gypped and bamboozeld by Mr Tinubu during that election. It was the greatest joke of the century. Tinubu is not cut in the mould of the great politicians of old who created demigods out of their surrogates, – Awolowo + Akintola, Sarduana + Belewa, Zik + Okpara – but has rather created a fiefdom full of serf yoruba APC governors.

    Tinubus oppression, tyranny and treachery and or Tinubu induced oppression, tyranny and treachery are slowly catching up with him and the people are slowly revolting from his clutches.

    I know Mr Ribadu being a very good politician in training, is not going to speak on this till his
    political career might have ran its course in other not to alienate the yorubas.

    • Mosaku 147

      He won osun state.

      • igbiki

        He won Osun state and became president???

        Just take it or leave it, Tinubu treated Ribadu like a piece of shit. He was used to just fill the ACN ballot. Ribadu should have done his home work very well and built up a political career from the bottom up as he is about to do now.

        It is only in Nigeria that people run for president out of the blue, and with a chameleonic character like Tinubu, that spells doom.

  • Gbaa-m Okpana-eze

    The game has only begun. How uncomfortable APC must be- another iroko off the oposition jungle.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Ribadu is an inconsequential politician who requires to go back to the drawing board and commence his aspiration for elective political offices from the grass-root and start working his way up through the political chains of elective positions.But initiatly Ribadi began his political aspiration bid from the top,presidential and now in retrogression,now back into PDP to contest for Adamawa State gubernatorial position?
    I wonder if Nuhu Ribadu possess any political weight or worth to warrant any imapct as he defects from APC to PDP-nest of killers,election riggers/manipulation/bribes for votes and axis of corrupt-ridden goons.

  • GbemigaO

    When he does not get the PDP ticket will he go back to APC?

  • Demola Daniel

    Please why did Nuhu Ribadu defect? Nothing he said here explains why. Or could it be he himself is not sure why? Just saying he’s defected for ‘a cause’ does not tell anyone anything. Everybody defects for a cause at any rate.

  • Comfortkay

    Mallam Ribadu should stop cooking stories for us, we know that you are not a blood politician, and you have no principle, and no ideology. We do not know what you have been promised by PDP leadership, but many of us that have personally met you are disappointed, you are one of the political HARLOT in Nigeria.

  • Thepeople

    Let all Nigerians pray for Ribadu. He is on a mission that is greater and tougher than he had in hunting down PDP rogues when he was at EFCC. One thing is sure, he is the only man that accomplish it. He is the only man who can infect the theives, thugs and tyrants in PDP with integrity, good governance,and patriotism. Time will tell and we hope history would vindicate his cause.

  • Factual

    I foresee defections in Adamawa after the primary elections. Naira and Dollars will talk in Adamawa from now to the election day.

  • MisbahuKatsina

    Did PDP blackmail Nuhu Ribadu? or he’s just plain naive. Are Tinubu & Atiku next? =Already Scared Buhari’ would be out in the cold alone. END OF ANTI PDP EXPERIMENT, END OF HOPE FOR
    TALAKAWA, END OF HOPE SOON FOR NORTH, ISLAM…?

    NB: This is Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu style-: crude, ruthless, fearless, calculationless,…I only wish to see the day GEJ earns AAM’s wrath…the end
    of PDP and GEJ at the hands of AAM would be equally ruthless. Allah is there for us!

  • Mosaku 147

    “and for those who have been in solidarity with my struggles,and still giving me the benefits of the doubt,I am most grateful.i will never let you down on this new path”.
    I believe you Mr Nuhu Ribadu. Please never let us down. We are counting on you to take this new assignment with the same zeal you had always taken other tasks.
    Most times our people don’t understand you might have to get-in-to-make-the-desired-change. Ride on Nuhu,am with you all the way.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    ”My good friends, honestly, I believed that my defection was for a good cause at the time I took that decision. Looking back today, I realized how wrong I was! I should have known better, but I was blinded by my never-ending love to pursue a good cause, even at the expense of my hard-earned reputation for honesty, integrity and incorruptibility.

    ”I make no excuse for my action, and I fully accept the responsibility for my indiscretion. For now, I will lie low and ponder my political future. In the days ahead, I will tell you, my friends, my next direction. Thank you for continuing to believe in me. God bless Nigeria and God bless you all.”

    That is an excerpt from the statement Ribadu will make after he would have come to grief in his new sojourn in the PDP. And it will come sooner than later.

  • Usman

    I want to be governor and Adamu Muazu, the mastermind of stealing election promised me, simple

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    the game is on and the intent will be made known soon. As far as your eyes can see I shall give to you game. Keep on.

  • HAMZA

    USELESS MAN. Very unlike a fulani man . You lack pulaku! Even without PDP you can get Adamawa. May God teach you a very good lesson for this polical misadventure!

  • nedu chris

    Ribadu,the next Adamawa Governor.Good Good GOODOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    • Nigerian

      Wait and see. Don’t be overjoyed.

  • Wale

    IAM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED!, THIS IS JUST LIKE SAYING HILARY CLINTON DEFECTED TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HONOUR,LOYALTY, ETHICS AND PRINCIPLES AMONG NIGERIAN POLITICAL ACTORS? WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE DICTUM OF SINK AND SWIM?, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO IDEOLOGY AND BELIEFS? THIS IS UNFATHOMABLE AND A VERY SAD DEVELOPMENT WHICH HAS LEFT A BILIOUS TASTE IN THE MOUTH OF GOOD PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY! IF THIS MAN CAN DEFECT JUST LIKE THAT BASED ON SOME FLIMSY, UNTENABLE AND INURED REASONS WHAT OR WHERE IS THE HOPE FOR NIGERIA?, RIBADU DOES KNOW THIS , BUT BY EATING HIS VOMIT AND ASSOCIATING WITH A PARTY PREPONDERATED BY ROGUES AND ALL MANNERS OF PEOPLE, HE HAS JUST DECIMATED AND EXTINGUISHED THE LAST VESTIGES OF HIS GOOD WILL AND INTEGRITY!,

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  • GodBlessNigeria

    “A means to an end is an idiom”. It is used when something you are doing is not as important to you as what you hope to achieve by doing it. If this defines his decision, may the Good Lord be with him. I rest my case for now.

  • Jikandalhayola

    Pulaku means integrity, honesty, loyalty and principle. All these qualities put together make one a morally and ethically reliable person i.e that can be heavily relied upon even in politics. Once one becomes a rolling stone, jumping from one post to another, one definitely compromises one’s ancestral pride. We wait and see the wisdom in Ribadu’s decision.