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Ribadu returns to APC, as Atiku, Gov.Bindow kick



Ribadu returns to APC, as Atiku, Gov.Bindow kick

The pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has returned to the All Progressives Congress.

His return, which was predicated on a letter sent to him by the Adamawa State chapter of the APC, has however unsettled Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the state Governor, Jibrilla Bindow.

According to sources at the National Secretariat of the APC, Atiku, Governor Bindow, the Secretary to the Adamawa State Government and the Chief of Staff, stormed the secretariat on Monday to protest to APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the NWC.

According to a source, the visit of Atiku and others to the secretariat on Monday that was reported as summoned by the APC leadership over Atiku’s call for restructuring, was actually all about Ribadu and his return to the party.

The source, a member of the NWC, said: “We were all shocked that the ex-VP came with the governor and two others to prevail on the leadership of the party not to readmit Ribadu into APC.

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“They spoke of the need for party discipline since Ribadu contested on PDP platform against Bindow. They said Ribadu’s coming back will spell doom for APC unity in the state.

“They all forgot that they were once in PDP too before defecting to APC. Bindow is a former PDP senator.

“Some of us spoke about added value which Ribadu can bring to our party as one of the brains behind the merger politics which led to the birth of APC.

“Contrary to their mission, the leadership at the national level and stakeholders are extremely excited about the return of Ribadu. He is a progressive in thinking and action. The APC needs his service. We became suspicious because no leader of APC at the state level followed them.

“At the end of the day, the party said constitutionally you cannot stop anybody from joining a party. We told the delegation that it is a state issue. If the state executives of APC accept Ribadu, we cannot reject him.

“We will however do our best to reconcile all members of the party, whether old or new. Our ultimate target is to keep the APC family united”, the source stated.

It was also gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari’s supporters endorsed the return of Ribadu.

By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…

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