Atiku kicks as Ribadu returns to APC



Nuhu Ribadu has returned to the All Progressives
Congress (APC), The Nation learnt yesterday.
The former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) Chairman got a letter from Adamawa State
chapter of the party seeking his return to the party.
He is going to be readmitted with a former governorship
candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria
( ACN ) in the state, Mr. Marcus Gundiri, with their
supporters.
But former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Adamawa
State Governor Jibrilla Bindow, and two others have
protested to National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun and
the National Working Committee (NWC) against Ribadu’s
return.
The APC leadership told Atiku, the governor and others
that the constitution allows an individual to join a party of
his choice.
Once a state chapter of the party is receptive to
anyone’s membership, there is a limit to which the
National Headquarters can do, they were told.
Ribadu accepted to return to APC following overtures
from the leaders of APC at the national level, ex-
Governor Murtala Nyako, the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal, the
state and local government chapters of the party.
A June 22, 2016 letter by the Adamawa State chapter,
signed by the Acting State Secretary, Alh. Saidu Naira
invited Ribadu back to the party.
The letter reads: “We the entire APC Adamawa State
chapter wish to invite you back to your “Home party”,
APC.
“Given your track records and progressive nature, we
strongly believe APC is where you belong to.
“We are also mindful of the efforts and contributions you
made during the merger without which the merger would
have been difficult.
“To this end, we reaffirm our request for you to come
home to APC and assist and contribute to the success of
the APC government both at the state and national
levels.”
A party source said: “We decided to invite Ribadu to
return to APC because he was frustrated out by some
PDP elements who defected to our party during the
merger and countdown to 2015 elections.
“Ribadu did so much for APC in Adamawa State but the
setback which made him to go to PDP was frustration
following a disagreement with some of our leaders, like
ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on the impeachment
of ex-Governor Murtala Nyako. Ribadu worked tirelessly
to save Nyako from impeachment but our leaders paid
lip service and stoked the fire which made ex-Speaker
Umar Fintiri to remove the former governor.
“The insincerity of APC leaders in the state made Ribadu
to defect to PDP against his own volition. So, he left APC
as a result of local politics. It was a state affair but today
things have changed.
“When Ribadu was pushed to the wall, he had no choice
than to pitch tent with the PDP which needed a credible
candidate. Ribadu was frustrated out of APC for being a
true party man to save Nyako.
“And the PDP elements, who joined APC, were
uncomfortable with the anti-corruption stance of Ribadu
and his acceptance in the party. So, it was convenient to
hatch a plot to kick him out of the party.
“Today Nyako is vindicated and Umar Fintiri is under
investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission( EFCC).
“We are now out to correct the past by asking him to
return to APC because Nyako has been vindicated. The
court said his removal was wrong. Ribadu has also been
justified because he insisted that Nyako was a victim of
political vendetta and abuse of power. Nyako is back.
“We have realised that we have all wronged Ribadu. We
want him back.”
Asked if Ribadu has accepted the offer, the source said:
“He has agreed to return to our fold. We are all happy
with him.”
Atiku, Bindow, the Secretary to the Adamawa State
Government and the Chief of Staff on Monday protested
to John Odigie-Oyegun and the NWC.
The four-man delegation met  with Odigie-Oyegun and
his team.
It was all about Ribadu, a source said.
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.
“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.”
It was also gathered that President Muhammadu
Buhari’s supporters endorsed the return of Ribadu.

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