As the opposition Peoples Democratic Party gets set to name
a new leader of the party, governors and other chieftains of
the PDP are on a manhunt for a former chairman of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu,
in their bid to make him chairman.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that a meeting of the national
caucus of the PDP is currently holding in Abuja, after which
the National Executive Committee would meet at the Wadata
Plaza secretariat of the party by 2p.m. on Tuesday.
Mr. Ribadu was tipped for the chairmanship position last
year, shortly after the then chairman, Ahmadu Muazu,
resigned from office.
However, we gathered that the move, championed by
governors elected under the party, was thwarted by the
National Working Committee, NWC, under the interim
leadership of Uche Secondus.
We also gathered that Mr. Ribadu who had earlier agreed to
take the offer also abandoned it on account of “lack of
seriousness to truly reform the party by its top echelon”.
However, after a long back and forth and controversy,
including court cases, the party agreed to hold a special NEC
meeting to fill the position created by the resignation of Mr.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt of spirited attempts over the last
few days by some top party chieftains to persuade Mr. Ribadu
to accept to chair and transform the party.
A source privy to the goings on in the PDP said some of the
party’s governors visited Mr. Ribadu in a last minute effort to
get him to change his position. He was however, said to have
stuck to his guns.
“Since midnight yesterday, party chieftains led by a governor
from the South-south region began a search for Ribadu, to no
“The ex-EFCC chair was said to have gone incommunicado
since last night, making all attempts to reach him
impossible,” the source said.
He also said at least four governors of the party and other
chieftains are currently waiting at the Bayelsa governors
lodge in Maitama area of Abuja, scrambling to reach Mr
“Mr. Ribadu, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, is skeptical of taking
the PDP job because of the battered image the party has
suffered, especially with current corruption probes.
“He is also not confident that the party’s bigwigs would
tolerate his radical disposition,” our source said.
PREMIUM TIMES reporters have been unsuccessful in
reaching Mr. Ribadu for hours. His telephones are switched
off the several times our reporters called.
At his residence in the Asokoro District of Abuja, security
guards denied our reporters entry, saying the former EFCC
chairman was not home, and that his whereabouts is
When contacted, his spokesperson, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz,
said he had not been able to reach Mr. Ribadu in the past two
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