Ribadu’s governorship bid boosted as 10 Adamawa APC exco members defect to PDP

Nuhu Ribadu shakes hands with supporters during a campaign visit to Borrong village in Adamawa

Ten executive committee members of the opposition All Progressives Congress in Adamawa State have defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

The group said they defected in order to render support to the PDP governorship candidate, Nuhu Ribadu.

The defection was announced Tuesday at the Adamawa PDP Secretariat by Padio Phineas, the publicity secretary of the APC.

Among the defectors are Publicity Secretary, Mr. Padio; State Youth Leader, Usman Mohammed Danyaro; Assistant Secretary, ‎Maiyani Yunis; State woman leader, Hauwa Agwu; ‎Financial Secretary, Papka Medugu; Auditor‎, Musa Hero; Zonal women leader (South), Mercy Abraham; and Zonal Youth Leader (central), Abdu James.

In his speech at the defection ceremony, Mr. Padio, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said, “Upon careful review of all the issues and problems, as well as personalities on offer aiming for the top job, we come to the selfless conclusion that no better person is right to take Adamawa back on track than the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Unfortunately, for months and weeks, we have been saddled with the responsibility of marketing candidates that we frankly cannot vouch for their capacity and competence especially in comparable with the candidates PDP parades in the State.

“Honestly speaking, many of us here today had wanted to have Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as the candidate of our party, the APC, for the Adamawa governorship while he was still with us. But by act of providence he left the party before could achieve our good intention. However, to quote Shakespeare, “a rose by whatever name it is called will remain sweet”. ‎

“We believe wherever he goes Nuhu Ribadu would remain Nuhu Ribadu.

“In conclusion, I want to inform you and through you the good people of Adamawa State that we that are here today, and our teeming supporters across the state, have decided to resign our membership of the APC and join the PDP with the intention of joining the team that has the capacity and intention of transforming our state.

“We believe the real change Adamawa needs today – the change from incompetence and cronyism to competent and selfless leadership is well represented by the PDP. Our decision is in the interest of Adamawa State. It is borne out of the patriotic flair to uplift our dear state and transform the lives of our people.”

Eight candidates are jostling for the Adamawa top job. They are Mohammed Bindow of the All Progressives Congress [APC], Nuhu Ribadu of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], Ahmad Modibbo of the Peoples Democratic Movement [PDM], and Marcus Gundiri of the Social Democratic Party [SDP].

The others are Amos Sunday of the Peoples Party of Nigeria [PPN], Na’ama Bulama of the Progressives Peoples Alliance [PPA], Abdulnasir Hamman of the Mega Progressives Peoples Party [MPPP], and Muhammad Malgwi of the National Conscience Party [NCP].

Mr. Ribadu is however considered the leading contender for the position although Messrs Bindow of APC, Modibbo of PDM and Gundiri of SDP are expected to give him a run for his money.


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  • Eze1

    Breaking the rank of the opposition, a well thought out strategy. Atiku inactivity could be a factor in this decision.

    • SBA

      This is all about personal economy bros. I guess their is no money to be shared in APC with Atiku’s inactivity. Nigerian politicians across the divide are unreliable. It is the chop chop syndrome. We don’t have people who really want to serve. I can assure you that if Ribadu loses these same folks will return to APC

      • Faruk Al-amin

        Sad but true

  • Jones

    After the governorship election Ribadu will decamp to APC. GEJ is the problem with PDP with his imposition ideology. He must be voted out come Saturday.

    • fab

      Prepared to to cry blood? On saturday?aboki pretending to be jones.shut up dia.

  • Harry

    All these defections will not change the result of the election, GEJ is gone for good.

    • fab

      U are blind

      • Hassan

        For saying the truth right?

    • Bish

      More will still defect. GEJ all the way my dear.

      • O.S. smile

        Good by to bad robise. Baba oyoyo

    • robert

      You are just a funny person. APC is falling apart. Its members see it as useless party.

      • SBA

        To you abi. I just can’t understand why people like you will throw their support behind a guy who has divided the country, looted the country, mismanaged its resources, employ ethnic militias to do the work of the police whilst not funding it well, made Nigeria a laughing stock in the comity of nation, described as weak, corrupt, incompetent by no less than most foreign media. No wonder they say the government is a reflection of the people. Don’t worry. You will see the consequences of Jonathan’s four years after the election, whether he loses or wins. Mo palu fun gbo gbo yin

    • Wise Head

      dream on

      • SBA

        Yes he is gone for good. It is not a dream but the reality. He will not win in Adamawa, Ribadu or no Ribadu

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  • Gorko

    Nuhu Ribadu should win Adamawa state easily. There’s no credible APC candidate.

  • the truth

    lol. Here some people would come here to abuse these defectors now. Prior to there defection they were regarded as saints, the moment they defect they are regarded as devils. Hypocrisy is a recipe for failure

  • warry

    Which sane person will want to change from Good or fair to worse for the sake of change? Goodluck Jonathan should be supported to improve on his performance, not to be stopped please

  • Sith Lord

    If these judases like they should defect to the extent that you can’t differntiate between them and a defective binatone stabiliser or blender… Buhari will still win.

  • Ahmad

    The defection is not a news for Jonathan but for Ribadu, it was stated clearly throughout the speech just as cited in this quote “We believe the real change Adamawa needs today – the change from incompetence and cronyism to competent and selfless leadership is well represented by the PDP. Our decision is in the interest of Adamawa State”.

    • Philip Musa

      …and that is why you’ll continue being a sheep! Do you realize that they could’ve voted for Ribadu without switching parties? But the handwriting is now very BOLD on the wall. GEJ ’til 2019!

      • Ajayi Ifayemi

        These are politicians sir. The plan is not just to vote, but to be part of the change in Adamawa. Staying in APC and voting PDP will not help them in this case. If you really understand the history you will know that these people have always been Ribadu’s people. They need to be wherever he is.

  • the one

    people call them judas but when they moved to APC from PDP they were saints abi?

  • jossy reg

    gej’s transformation can not be stopped by some old weary men hungry for power gejtill2019

  • Debekeme

    We must support, in all instances, the best candidate. Ribadu is the best candidate. So, for the State elections, i support Ribadu/PDP

    For the Presidency, the same principle applies, we must support the best candidate. Buhari is the best candidate. So, for the Presidential elections, I support Buhari/APC.

    Simple. You are also free to make your choice. No hard feelings.

    • B.Messi

      I like this..

    • ije2014

      Very mature. Very logical. I pray your attitude is sign of things to come in Nigeria & the rest of Africa.

    • Faruk Al-amin

      Well said

    • mustapha Shehu

      I like your comment thus No hard feelings.

    • NamesAre4Tombstones

      A bit of a coincidence that all those you support are Fulani?

  • richkid

    If you like twist it to any form you like, defecting to PDP is a support for all the sits starting from presidency to councilor. GEJ all the way

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  • lilian

    Ok ooo. injury time defection…….too little too late

  • Uzoma John

    One good thing about the defection of APC members to PDP in Adamawa is to lend their support to Ribadu and not for Jonathan. If you read through again, is there anywhere they mentioned Jonathan. NO. They are all for our Great GMB. Just like in Akwa Ibom where Atta is supporting APC at the State level but was silent about supporting Buhari. It’s a win win for Adamawa people and GMB. No need for PDP e-rats to start jubillating over nothing. GMB we stand come Mach 28.

    • emmanuel

      All power brokers in Adamawa are for Jonathan. Do not forget that Atiku is a Lion wounded in APC.

      It is not about this report, it is about Adamawa people

      • Uzoma John

        If they are for Jonathan, why didn’t they mention their support for him alongside Ribadu? Just a simple question.

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  • emmanuel

    It is well known in Adamawa that Buhari wilp not win twenty five percent vote there – victory all the way for the PDP.

    Atiku has gone on sabatical leave, because the $3,000.00 he paid to eacj delegates at the APC presidential primaries in Lagos which Buhari/Tinubu wasted by paying a bigger bribe to secure the votes is still an Economic pains which is yet to heal.

    • Musbau Hamzat

      You have wrong calculation. They want Ribadu as their Governor not that they want Jonathan as their President. Read well.

      • emmanuel

        Three days is not eternity.

        Musbau, I will address you by Monday next week………..have a nice weekend which you can begin from today.