Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu has described President Goodluck Jonathan as a great achiever who has surpassed his (Ribadu’s) vision for Nigeria.
In a tweet bearing his name which was retweeted by many social commentators on the social media, the former presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which merged with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) to form the All Progressives Congress (APC), praised President Jonathan, describing him further as the answer to the prayers of Nigerians.
Ribadu who is participating in the Adamawa governorship election scheduled for 11 October at the weekend defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The acclaimed corruption fighter explained further that he would support anyone who shared the same vision he has for Nigeria.
He also berated Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, describing him as power hungry.
This is the tweet currently circulating in the social media:
“I’m a young man and age is still on my side. I will not allow anyone to trade with me for the second time. It was wrong for Gov. Kwankwaso to describe my decision to join the PDP as a betrayal, because I consulted widely. The truth is that the APC does not have what it takes to change Nigeria, and any ambition driven by grievance, bitterness and vendetta cannot be said to possess any element of change. And it is only a matter of time and Nigerians will know who truly loves them. I think the APC would have done well without the aggrieved PDP governors. With due respect to governor Amaechi, he is simply hungry for power and does not know how to go about it, except with money. I may not know how to become the President of Nigeria, but I know it’s never for the highest bidder and it’s never up for sale. It’s an undeniable fact that President Jonathan has done well for Nigeria in such a very short time, and I think he is the answer to the prayer of many Nigerians. I must not be President, but I have vowed to support anyone who shares the same vision I have for Nigeria. And take it from me, President Jonathan has surpassed my vision for Nigeria.”
In an earlier statement he issued shortly after he defected to the PDP, Ribadu explained his reasons for decamping to the ruling party at the federal level, adding that it is in pursuit of a good cause. He also clarified that at no time did he issue a statement disparaging the APC and its members, including Governors Amaechi, Kwankwaso and others. He described the statement as fabricated.
Ribadu said in his statement: “My good friends, 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. 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.
“My defection shouldn’t be seen as an initiation of political antagonism with my good friends in another party. 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. 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! Nuhu Ribadu.”