The former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu may get the shock of his life if report by Punch is anything to go by.
Ribadu had during the weekend defected from his party, the All Progressives Congress to the ruling party with the aim of contesting the governorship election in Adamawa State on October 11, 2014.
His decision to join PDP among other thing was based on the assurance from the PDP hierarchy and the presidency that he will be granted a waiver and given the party flag to contest the election.
But the Punch is reporting that the leadership of the PDP and the Presidency may be planning a shocker for the former EFCC boss.
“Investigations by our correspondents showed that the Presidency and the national leadership of the party had perfected plans not to give special treatment to Ribadu among other governorship aspirants,” the report said.
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It added that Ribadu, from its findings would be asked to be ready to take part in the party’s primaries like any other aspirants.
Ahead of governorship election in the state, the PDP has fixed its ward congress for September 1, while the party primary is said to have been fixed for the middle of September.
“It was learnt that the party and the Presidency were planning to just use his influence and his integrity to curry favour both locally and internally because of the perceived inability of the government to fight corruption in the country.”
“This perception, it was gathered, was affecting the rating of the government, especially before the international community.”
A Presidency source said, “Let him come and join us. He has said on many occasions that PDP is a corrupt party full of corrupt people. Let him come and be part of us. We will welcome him.”
It was also learnt that the party is not planning to hold any special meeting of its National Executive Committee in order to give Ribadu and other defectors the much needed waivers.