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The Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has finally reacted following controversy that followed his defection to the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
The former Chieftain of opposition, All Progressives Congress, APC tuesday wrote on his Facebook page ” I know how difficult it may be for you to come to terms with my defection to another party. But I must assure you that it’s a carefully considered decision for which I do not wish to hurt anyone’s feeling. I’ll not embark on a needless animosity with my good friends, irrespective of political, religious, regional and ethnic affiliations.”
Ribadu continued, “Let me quickly make it known that I did not issue a statement disparaging APC and its members, including Governors Amaechi, Kwankwaso… These were clearly fabricated, expected backlash, by mischievous characters interested in misleading the public and drawing a picture of non-existent feuds between me and my good friends.”
He said his defection shouldn’t be seen as an initiation of political antagonism with my good friends in another party.
He however maintained, “I still hold them in high esteem, and even where there are marked differences, I believe there are decorous and honorable ways of resolving them. So, kindly disregard any statement said to be by me attacking the personality of any politician since my defection. I’ll never allow myself to be drawn into such disrespectful exchange.”
As for my next step in this political struggle, this would be made known in due time, the former EFCC boss added.
“For now, I wish to assure you that my defection is in pursuit of a good cause, and never out of any selfish interests as portrayed by a section. Thanks for bearing with me on this decision, and for those who have been in solidarity with my struggles and still giving me the benefits of the doubt, I’m most grateful. I’ll never let you down on this new path. Thank you!” The statement concluded.
Ribadu left the APC for the PDP following reports he’d been promised the governorship slot in his home state of Adamawa, a step said to have been backed by the leadership of the party and President Goodluck Jonathan. What will become of the former Presidential Candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the coming days, only time will tell.