A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has stated that the prevailing security situation in Adamawa State would be his main focus if elected the governor of the state at the 2015 governorship election.
The former anti-corruption Czar said the high level of insecurity in some parts of the state was also the main motivating factor behind his decision to run for governor in his home state.
“I have the capacity to face it and bring succour to our people,” he said.
Speaking after he was screened by a Peoples Democratic Party’s panel in Bauchi, Mr. Ribadu said the people of Adamawa state had suffered enough.
“Nigeria is a federal state and my thinking is that governors should have the latitude and right to find all possible means of ensuring the security of their people without having to wait or rely solely on the central government,” he said.
To this end, Mr. Ribadu said that he would work hard to ensure his victory in the forthcoming PDP Adamawa governorship primaries and the subsequent February 2015 elections so that on assumption of office, he would join hands with his colleagues in the zone to bring an end to the insecurity in the sub-region.
Mr. Ribadu explained that his administration would accord security the priority it deserves.
He said without adequate security for lives and property, no meaningful development can be achieved.
“My administration will accord greater priority to security issues for development purposes, security will be the cardinal principle of my administration come 2015,” Mr. Ribadu said. “What is happening today in our zone should be condemned by every well-meaning citizens.”
The former EFCC chairman, who was answering questions from journalists amidst cheers from his supporters, expressed dismay that innocent lives were being terminated and properties destroyed on daily basis in the north-east zone.
Mr. Ribadu, while acknowledging accolades from supporters at the Bauchi PDP zonal office, expressed optimism that he would triumph at the election.
“Let’s wait and see the PDP primaries in Adamawa state, people will be surprised with the outcome of the election, I will by the grace of God top all the other gubernatorial aspirants,” Mr. Ribadu said,
He said he was not bothered by the number of aspirants jostling for the Adamawa governorship seat.
He called on well-meaning people in Adamawa state to give him every support necessary because he had great plans for the development of the state.