It was gathered that Nuhu Ribadu, the former chairman of EFCC, returned to All Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday.
Mr. Ribadu, who got an appeal letter from the Adamawa state chapter of APC asking him to come back, hopes to be readmitted with Mr. Marcus Gundiri the former governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
However, this twist of events did not go down well with the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Adamawa State Governor Jibrilla Bindow and some other people who unanimously expressed their disapproval of the matter to National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun and the National Working Committee (NWC) against Ribadu’s return.
Ribadu’s return to APC was as a result of proposals 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.
Against the backdrop of protests by some All Progressive Congress party members including Atiku Abubakar, once a state chapter of a political party endorses or receives someone there is a limit to which the National Chapter can overturn that.
According to some APC sources, Ribadu was welcomed back to the party because prior to his defection to PDP he worked tirelessly for APC Adamawa State.
He left the party to PDP after a sharp disagreement with some of the leaders of APC, like ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on the impeachment of ex-Governor Murtala Nyako where he fought vigorously to save Nyako from impeachment.
However, it did not go down well with him in PDP because he was frustrated and frozen out by some elements in the PDP.
According to APC, “We have realized that we have all wronged Ribadu. We want him back.”
“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”
However irrespective of the disapproval by some APC members at both National and State level, the party said constitutionally you cannot stop anybody from joining a party.
The reiterated that if the state executives of APC accepts Ribadu, there is nothing anyone can do again.
It was also gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari’s supporters endorsed the return of Ribadu
Ribadu’s Overture letter from APC Adamawa State, Signed by Alh Saisu Naira.Dated: June 22, 2016
“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.”