Ribadu in surprise visit to Bisi Akande, says politics not reason to cut off ties

Nuhu Ribadu and two of Mr. Akande's granddaughters at Ila-Orangun on Sunday

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, on Sunday showed up at the Ila-Orangun country home of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bisi Akande, for what he called a “catch up visit to a father and elder statesman”.

Mr. Akande was the interim chairman of the ruling APC and was the national chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, under which Mr. Ribadu vied for Nigeria’s presidency in 2011.

Mr. Ribadu, who arrived at Mr. Akande’s compound at around 1:30pm along with a friend, Kashim Imam, went straight into a closed-door session with the APC chieftain.

However, not long after they went in, the trio emerged into a meeting of some local APC officials who had gathered for a Christmas visit to Mr. Akande.

Former Governor Akande dragged Mr. Ribadu into the local APC meeting.

Several participants at the meeting expressed excitement with Mr. Ribadu’s presence at the APC chieftain’s residence with many of them calling on him to rejoin the APC, which he helped found.

Mr. Ribadu who was pressured to speak at the meeting said he was at Ila-Orangun to reconnect with Mr. Akande who he described as a father and statesman.

“Baba Akande is a very important person to all of us. He is a father in the true sense of the word. From the day I decided to venture into politics I have benefited from his guidance and wisdom.

“I have not seen Baba in a long time so I feel this is a good time to come and greet him at home. Of course I have never been far away from Baba’s fountain of wisdom. Party differences cannot be a reason to abandon old ties,” Mr. Ribadu said.

He eulogised Mr. Akande and the people of the community while recalling the overwhelming support and affection he was shown by the people of Osun State during his 2011 presidential bid.

Speaking briefly at the meeting, Mr. Akande said he could not have enough time with the participants because “I have these very special guests that I have to go and entertain”.

According to Mr. Akande, Mr. Ribadu’s visit was not political but “as an extended member of this community I said he should come and greet you”.

Mr. Ribadu later went for another round of private discussions with Mr. Akande before he was chauffeured out of Ila-Orangun at around 4pm.


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  • Datti

    We shall welcome him back to APC if he is humble enough to retrace his steps. He thought APC could not win and jumped ship

    • PolyGon2013

      That was not the reason. He wanted to be a governor, and he thought he won’t get the nomination in APC.

  • Rommel

    If he loves Nigeria,he knows what to do and I think this visit had intentions

  • Mr X

    The hope for real development Adamawa almost had. Ribadu took the worst gamble and it backfired big time. It really baffles why, why, why and why he decamped with all his supposed intellect and exposure.

  • PolyGon2013

    Smart move to be back in APC. Sai Ribadu.

  • Mamman

    Too late. No amount of verbal abracadabra will make anyone trust Ribadu. He has proved,since 2007 that he isn’t a team player but a lone,selfish wolf without vision. No,thank you. Please go pay Xmas & New Year visits/homage to Secondus, Metuh & Goodluck. It was gratifying to see you sitter behind Jonathan at a function some few months back in Bayelsa…..PT I dare u to publish this. I know how soft you are on Ribadu

    • aisha ani

      Tell it like it is my brother.

    • abeem

      Agreed. He lost all respect and all goodwill that he had. A fair weather friend, he should not and cannot be trusted. Someone should tell him to bleach his goro stained teeth.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Ribadu is one man with two eyes that does not see.


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  • Artful ºDodger

    Anywhere belle face politician. No ideology, no dignity whatsoever. And he too want to be president?