Ribadu Defends Presence Of Nigeriens At APC Rally In Kano

Ribadu Defends Presence Of Nigeriens At APC Rally In Kano
An APC chieftain, Nuhu Ribadu, addressing reporters in Abuja on February 1, 2019.

 

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nuhu Ribadu, says the presence of governors from the Niger Republic at the party’s presidential campaign in Kano State does not violate the laws of the land.

Ribadu, who is the Director of Field Operations for the APC Campaign Council, noted that Nigeria operates a free movement policy.

He told reporters on Friday in Abuja that no one should be deprived the right to free movement within the country.

“This is a free country; it is the constitutional right of everybody to be where he wants to be,” the APC chieftain said, adding, “You have no right to contain anybody from doing what he wants to do.”

 

He stated further, “People from West Africa are free to move into Nigeria. We have a protocol; we have an agreement that you don’t need a visa to come to Nigeria if you are from West Africa.”

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Ribadu insisted that the governors from the Niger Republic were only supporting President Muhammadu Buhari because they believed in him.

He stressed that although their presence would have no effect on the presidential election, they have not committed any crime by attending the President’s re-election campaign.

“For sure, I know they (the Nigeriens) don’t have to vote. They are not going to vote on that day,” the APC chieftain said.

He added, “But for you as a free human being, as a free West African, as a free African, believing in somebody who has done extremely well; to decide to come and identify yourself with what you believe in, I don’t think there is any crime committed.”

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemned the action of the APC and accused the ruling party of renting a crowd of strangers for the rally.

The opposition party also accused President Buhari and the APC of compromising the nation’s territorial integrity, noting that its action indicated grave danger to national security and the sanctity of the electoral process.

Ribadu, on his part, insisted that it was wrong for anybody or group to interfere with the affairs of the President and that of the ruling party, especially when they acted with their constitutional right.

He said, “You have no right as a person, as a Nigerian, to interfere with his (Buhari) fundamental right to be where he wants to be, to identify with his friends.”

Ribadu Hands Over Cars For Buhari’s Re-Election Campaign Amid Controversy

 

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Nuhu Ribadu has said he is committed to mobilising the people and stakeholders of Adamawa state to ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Ribadu announced his commitment in Yola while presenting 40 vehicles donated by his support group for the mobilization of voters in Adamawa state for President Buhari

Speaking at the ceremony to unveil the Black Cap Revolution Movement for President Buhari and his running mate, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Ribadu said, “Adamawa is 100 percent in support of Buhari”.

The former EFCC boss said he will make sure Buhari is re-elected because he (Buhari) deserves another term to continue the work he has started for Nigeria.

He said his appointment as Director General Field operations is to campaign for Buhari, adding that his support group promised the president a hundred percent support in Adamawa state.

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“We have decided to convert everything we had for Buhari’s campaign, the meeting here is a dedication and a donation of everything – officers, vehicles and good committees for the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Ribadu said.

The former anti-graft chief said the presidential election in 2019,  is a referendum between a past “that should forever be forgotten and a new chapter of probity and accountability”.

Patriotism Meets Controversy

Meanwhile, some members of the Nuhu Ribadu Organization have distanced themselves from the organisation’s decision to campaign only for President Buhari.

The aggrieved members decided not to attend the event at the Nuhu Ribadu campaign office in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

Represented by Yusuf Danumma, the stakeholders said Ribadu’s action was against their position, arguing that they will campaign for all candidates of the APC, not President Buhari alone.

“By our meeting, our position on which I stand to be corrected is that we are going to vote for the entire candidates of the party,” Danumma said.

Also reacting to Ribadu’s decision to campaign for Buhari alone, Ahmed Lawan said the former EFCC chief was going against the will of the party.

Lawan. the organizing secretary of the APC in Adamawa said, “If you say you are only working for Mr. President, then you are committing anti-party, and we have it in our constitution that anyone commits anti-party, the party will take actions against him.”

Adamawa APC Gov Primary: Collation Of Results Commences Amidst Protest

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The collation of results for the Adamawa All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary has commenced amidst a protest by two of the three aspirants.

The two aspirants – Nuhu Ribadu and Dr Mahmood Halilu faulted the exercise which took place on Friday, insisting that it did not hold.

According to Halilu, election materials arrived late and the exercise was hijacked by state government agents.

Ribadu also stated that no accreditation took place anywhere in line with the requirement of the primaries.

He, therefore, called on the National Working Committee to cancel the exercise.

More to follow…

2019: Nuhu Ribadu Joins Adamawa Governorship Race

 

A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, has joined the Adamawa State governorship race.

Mr Ribadu, who ran unsuccessfully for President in 2011, announced the decision in Yola, the Adamawa State capital on Saturday.

“I am overwhelmed and moved by the show of love and support I received from my people as I declared to run for the governorship of my state today in Yola. Nagode!!,” he tweeted afterward.

He plans to challenge incumbent Governor, Bindow Jibrilla, for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

His decision to join the race comes five days after the former EFCC boss met with President Muhammadu Buhari.

This is not the first time Ribadu will be in the race for Adamawa State’s top job.

In August 2014, he defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ran for governor.

But he failed to achieve his ambition as the APC swept to victory.

Nuhu Ribadu Rejoins APC     

Nuhu RibaduFormer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ribadu announced his return through a statement on his Facebook page.

The statement reads: “I have finally heeded the calls on me to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party of which I was a founding member.

“I re-registered as a member of the APC on Thursday through the party’s online portal. After that, the leadership of the party in my Bako ward of Yola South Local Government Area visited me in my Yola residence to welcome me back to their fold.

“My decision to return to the APC was triggered by my believe that all politics are local. Almost everyone around me, and with whom we started my political journey believed the time had come for us to make sacrifices and make concessions. That is in addition to the unbelievable love that my friends in the APC have showered on me in the past months.

“They demonstrated in words and action that they wanted me back home.

“I also did a deep and long reassessment of the circumstances that warranted my exit from the APC in the first place. I left the APC in 2014 owing to fundamental disagreements with the ways the chapter of the party in my state was run after it fell into some hands

“Some colleagues and I tried hard to save the then APC administration from an orchestrated impeachment plot which was unfortunately carried out with active collaboration of some ranking APC members in the state.

“However, events in the last 15 months have addressed many of the issues and healed some of the wounds. More so, with the genuine and sincere invitations I received since last year to retrace my steps into the party, I decided to return after consulting family and political associates at all levels.

“I would like to appreciate all those members of the party who privately and publicly prodded me to return to the party. My appreciation also goes to the leadership of our party, from my ward in Bako to the national leadership, for the enthusiasm they showed in having me back.”

Mr. Ribadu has since visited the Yola South secretariat of the APC to present himself to the party.

Mr Ribadu, a former presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, defected to the PDP in 2014 in order to contest for the governorship seat in Adamawa State.

He later lost out in the race.

Nigeria Is Using Desperate Tactics To Fight Corruption – Fashakin

Rotimi_FashakinA leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Rotimi Fashakin, on Thursday said Nigeria, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari,is using desperate tactics to fight corruption.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, about the continued detention of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisah Metuh, Mr Fashakin said “desperate situations demand desperate solutions”.

He alleged that Mr Metuh had “made elaborate arrangement to get to the Caribbean and from there disappear from the radar of the Nigerian authority”.

Mr Fashakin further noted that the Buhari-led administration has taken the fight against corruption beyond the mundane level.

“This is one of the rare occasions you see the Nigerian nation taking the fight against corruption very seriously beyond the mundane level.

“We have always pontificated it but it has always stopped at that level”, adding that “this is the first time that the fight against corruption has been leadership centred”, he said.

Mr Fashakin, who said the “scourge of corruption is humongous on our nation”, attributed the change to the leadership of President Buhari, adding that “when you see these desperate tactics being employed at fighting it, you will understand clearly where this administration is coming from”

He paraphrased the words of former United States Secretary of States, Colin Powell, saying “processes and systems may fail, but everything rises and falls on leadership” to buttress his argument that President Buhari is responsible for the turn in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

He commended the efforts of late military Head of State, Gen. Murtala Muhammed, who ruled Nigeria for six months before being assassinated, in the fight against corruption in the mid-1970s.

Mr Fashakin also admitted that beyond the efforts of late Gen Mohammed, the former Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, whom he is no longer a fan of, “attempted to raise our consciousness to the scourge of corruption.

The former spokesman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), however, said that Nigerians will only remember Mr Ribadu’s fight against corruption as politically motivated during the administration of Mr Olusegun Obasanjo.

Mr Fashakin, in defending the “desperate measures” being used to fight corruption by the Buhari-led administration, singled the judiciary as one of the problems of Nigeria and urged Nigerians to call for the declaration of a state of emergency.

Mr Fashakin, who is not a legal practitioner, added that Nigeria’s judiciary is “more interested in the exhibition of legalism over administration of justice” adding that “we have created many lacunas in our laws” that allows for the circumvention of justice.

He wondered how the judiciary failed to find former Delta State governor, Mr James Ibori, guilty of charges that a court in London found him guilty of.

 

Adamawa Governorship: Ribadu, Seven Others Step Down To Contest In 2015

RibaduEight of the fourteen aspirants jostling for the Adamawa State Governorship election under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have stepped down from the race in the early hours of Friday.

Following the impeachment of the former Governor, Murtala Nyako, October 11, 2014 has been fixed for election to get a substantive governor for the state.

The PDP primary election billed for Saturday in the state was heading for crisis until the intervention of the Senate President, Senator David Mark, and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party in Abuja.

After about four hours meeting with the aspirants, starting by 9.06P.M on Thursday and ending around 1.00A.M on Friday at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Mark along with other officials of the party were able to reach a compromise with the aspirants and pruned down the number of those contesting to six.

The six aspirants still in the race for the party’s ticket on Saturday are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Dr. Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi.

Those who have withdrawn from Saturday’s primary election include Nuhu Ribadu, Auwal Tukur, Aliyu Idi Hong, Andrawus Sawa, James Barka, Gen. Aliyu Kama, Markus Gundiri and Abubakar Girei.

It was agreed at the closed-door meeting that the six aspirants contesting for the party’s ticket on Saturday would not contest for the position in 2015.

The meeting also agreed that only those stepping down now can contest for the party’s governorship election ticket in 2015, with more consideration in 2015 for Adamawa Central that has never produced a governor.

Any aspirant who fails to win the party’s ticket in Saturday’s primary election, the meeting also agreed, must support the party’s flag bearer towards the October 11 election.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the party, Joel Madaki, said: “Fourteen aspirants contesting for the position earlier has now reduced to six aspirants due to this meeting. It is a very welcome idea. Nobody was forced to step them. Those who stepped down did so voluntarily in order to wait to contest for the position in 2015.

“The six aspirants contesting this election are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Dr. Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi,” he added.

Also, the former Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Ahmed Gulak, who is contesting for the ticket on Saturday, said: “The outcome of the meeting was fantastic. We met as family members of PDP, even before coming here all the aspirants in Adamawa have unanimously resolved that after the primaries, in a free, fair primaries, anybody that emerges will get our support.

“Today, in this meeting, the number of the aspirants have been drastically reduced to six, which is manageable. I am contesting, Gen. Marwa is contesting, Ahmed Modibbo is contesting, Dr. Umar Ardo is contesting, Hon. Jerry Kumdisi is contesting, and Acting Governor Fintiri is contesting.

“And we have resolved to go into the primaries without rancour, without acrimony and to come out of it as peaceful co-existing members.

“And at the end of it all, anybody that emerges, we will all queue behind him. And if I emerge as the candidate, they will all queue behind me. It is going to be a family affair and there will be no losers.”

On his chances of getting the ticket as Ribadu and others are now out of the race, he said, “Nuhu Ribadu or not, you know I prepared for this election. Even, if 14 of us are going into this election, I am confident of my ability, of my capability, of my mobilization, of my sensitization that the delegates will select me.”

Aliyu Idi Hong, who is among those who withdrew from the race, said, “Peace-building, negotiation, give-and-take, everything went well. We have been given a caveat and one thing we have succeeded in extracting from this meeting is that the meeting started with a preamble that whoever is going to contest and if he happens to win as a governor, he will not have the right to contest the 2015 election.”

“Some of us think that our aspirations, our ambition, our vision for Adamawa is a long term and more articulate vision.”

PDP Grants Ribadu, Others Waiver

nuhu-ribadu1The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has granted waiver to a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu and two others to run as aspirants under the platform of the party in the October 11 governorship bye-election in Adamawa State.

Other persons granted waiver were a former military administrator of Lagos and Borno States, Buba Marwa and Markus Gundiri, the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 election.

PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, made the disclosure to journalists on Friday at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.

The three aspirants had earlier submitted their application for waiver to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

The NWC had also forwarded the requests to a sub committee under the leadership of the National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha.

The committee submitted its report to the NWC on Friday, recommending that the waiver should be granted.

With the development, the three aspirants will alongside eight others face a screening panel on Saturday.

The PDP is expected to name the panel members later on Friday.

 

Roadmap To 2015: ‘Defection Window’ In Nigeria’s Political Sector

Ebuka_and_Joachim_MacebongNigerians are looking forward to the 2015 general elections, but the political sector has continued to witness politician’s defections mostly from the opposition parties to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Of recent, Nuhu Ribadu, of the All Progressive Congress defected to the PDP while the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has concluded plans to defect to the ruling party.

According to a social commentator, Joachim Macebong, the increasing number of movements, a replica of the English Premiership window, will continue until few weeks to the general elections.

He pointed out that most of the persons defecting may have received promises that triggered their movements.

Macebong, however, stressed that those defecting may need to get a weaver from the National Working Committee of the PDP consisting of six zonal vice-chairmen.

Rubbin’ Minds in the next few months will be looking at these defections, as the 2015 general elections draw near.

 

 

APC Seeks Suspension Of Curfew In Adamawa

APCThe All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked that the 24-hour curfew imposed on Adamawa State be suspended ahead of the bye-election in October, 2014.

Rising from an inaugural meeting of the National Executive Council, spokesman of the APC, Mr Lai Mohammed, told journalists that the party does not believe that there would be a transparent and fair election under such condition.

Mr Mohammed said that members of the party also agreed with the call by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that hooded security operatives should not be used during the 2015 general elections.

Apart from the curfew suspension, the party also decided to employ a modified direct approach that would ensure the largest participation of its members during elections, adding that the party would not miss any member who has chosen to defect from the party.

Analyst Says Ribadu’s Defection To PDP Is An APC Plot

RIBADUMany Nigerians have been reacting to the defection of former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the October 11 governorship bye election in Adamawa State.

Mr Ribadu, a former presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, was reported to have registered as a PDP member and given a party membership card at his Bako ward in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Saturday.

In an interview with Channels Television, a public affairs commentator, Mr Emmanuel Ado, said that Ribadu’s defection to PDP may likely be a plot by the APC, which may have pushed him to PDP, in order to reclaim the governorship seat of Adamawa State, following the impeachment of the former governor, Murtala Nyako, by members of the State House of Assembly.

While stating that the former anti-corruption boss had lost his credibility by defecting to the PDP, a party he once described as party of thieves, Mr Ado stressed that Ribadu also lacked the political influence to win the governorship seat in Adamawa State, adding that the greatest beneficiary in the whole matter would be the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

He further pointed out that the PDP would lose Adamawa State if it goes ahead to field Ribadu as its candidate in the October 11 bye election.

APC Leaders Advocate United Effort In Fight Against Terrorism

Muhammadu-Buhari2Leaders of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria have urged all Nigerians to work together in the fight against insurgency, insisting that the government is incompetent.

At a political event held in Ekiti State on Wednesday ahead of the State governorship election, a former anti-graft head, Mr Nuhu Ribadu, emphasised the need for Nigerians to come together in finding a lasting solution to the ‘senseless killings’.

He advised that the military should be backed in every way to make them succeed.

“We all have to come together, put politics aside, put any division aside and understand that we have evil in front of us. We have a tragedy, we have extremists, mad people attacking us indiscriminately, killing our people left right and centre. They do not know who is a child, a woman or a man. They do not know who is a Christian or a Muslim. They do not know who is a southerner or a northerner. Theirs is to kill, to maim and to destroy,” Mr Ribadu said.

‘Incompetence Of The Government’

A former Military Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, and a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, however, believe there was the need for a change of strategy in order to bring an end to the terrorist’s incessant attacks.

“I wonder how the parents of those 200 children go to bed and I wonder how they wake up because they are not sure of what is happening to their children.

“For the government to allow a thing of such proportion to continue to happen, it has said volumes of the incompetence of the government,” General Buhari said.

Tinubu insisted that the state of emergency declared in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States and the military strategy used at the moment were ineffective.

“That is why we are still having incidents of bombing and we cannot locate the girls still. The state of emergency declared is not as effective as it should be. Every option must be considered,” he said, emphasising the need for further actions.

He stressed that the APC was ready to work with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group carrying out series of attacks in some Nigerian northern states.

Few days ago, a spokesman for the APC, Lai Mohammed, accused the government of not seeking the support of other political parties in the fight against the insurgents.

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, on several occasions, have called for the support of all Nigerians in the fight against the Boko Haram sect.

The military has been tackling the insurgency, but in recent months, the attacks on villages are spreading to other states in the north.

On Tuesday over 70 persons were killed in an attack in Jos central area of Plateau State, few days after an explosion in Kano.