Ribadu Goes Into Hiding As PDP Moves To Appoint Him Party Chairman

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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.

Muazu.

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

avail.

“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

Ribadu.

“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

unknown.

When contacted, his spokesperson, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz,

said he had not been able to reach Mr. Ribadu in the past two

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