A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, on Friday announced his defection to the All Progressives Congress.
Ribadu, who made the announcement on his Facebook page, said he made the decision to honour people who had called on him to return to the APC, “a party of which I was a founding member.”
Ribadu, a former presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, had in 2014 left the party for the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said his decision to return to the APC was triggered by his belief that all politics were local.
He said, “I re-registered as a member of the APC on Thursday (July 21, 2016) through the party’s online portal. After that, the leadership of the party in my Bako ward of Yola South Local Government Area visited me in my Yola residence to welcome me back to their fold.
“My decision to return to the APC was triggered by my believe that all politics are local. Almost everyone around me, and with whom we started my political journey, believed the time had come for us to make sacrifices and make concessions. That is in addition to the unbelievable love that my friends in the APC have showered on me in the past months. They demonstrated in words and action that they wanted me back home.
“I also did a deep and long reassessment of the circumstances that warranted my exit from the APC in the first place. I left the party in 2014, owing to fundamental disagreements with the ways the chapter in my state was run after it fell into some hands.
“Some colleagues and I tried hard to save the then-APC administration from an orchestrated impeachment plot which was unfortunately carried out with active collaboration of some ranking APC members in the state.”
However, Ribadu said events in the last 15 months had addressed many of the issues which made him leave the party in the first instance.
“More so, with the genuine and sincere invitations I received since last year to retrace my steps into the party, I decided to return after consulting family and political associates at all levels,” he said.
Meanwhile the National Vice Chairman (South South) of the All Progressives Congress, Hilliard Eta, has welcomed Ribadu’s decision, whom he said has returned “home.”
Eta spoke in a telephone interview with Saturday PUNCH in Abuja on Friday.
The party leader said, “All I can say for now is that, we welcome Ribadu back home. He had no reason to have left in the first place.”