Former Action Congress Nigeria (ACN) presidential flag bearer in the
2001 general elections, Nuhu Ribadu, has agreed to return to the All
Progressives Party (APC).
Ribudu, who spoke to the The Street Journal, Wednesday, said he was making a return to the party he left in 2014 to contest Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in Adamawa State, following anappeal by stakeholders of APC in the state.
In a telephone conversation with the paper, Ribadu said he was on his way back to the party, saying the invitation was a welcome development.
Ribadu left the APC after the impeachment of former Governor Murtala
Nyako by the State House of Assembly in 2014.
However, a letter by the Adamawa State chapter of APC, signed by the
Acting State Secretary, Alhaji Saidu Naira invited Ribadu back to the
The letter reads: “We the entire APC Adamawa State chapter wishes 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.”
According to party in the state: “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
“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
“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”,
the party added.