APC de­nies rift with Atiku over re­turn of Ribadu

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Kabiru R. An­war (Yola) & Ab­bas Ji­moh (Abuja)

The Adamawa State chap­ter of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) yes­ter­day de­nied any rift in the party over the planned de­camp­ing of for­mer EFCC chair­man, Nuhu Ribadu from the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

In an in­ter­view with Daily Trust, the act­ing chair­man of the party in the state, Ibrahim Bi­lal, said the re­turn of Ribadu and Mar­cus Gundiri, could not cause di­vi­sion as the party had al­ways wel­comed new mem­bers.

He noted that com­ments cred­ited to Ab­dur­rah­man Jimeta, the Chief of Staff to Gov­er­nor Muham­madu Jib­rilla Bin­dow, did not rep­re­sent the po­si­tion of the party, say­ing the cal­iber of the de­cam­pees should be ac­knowl­edged by party mem­bers.

Jimeta won­dered why the party should or­gan­ise re­cep­tion for “un­re­li­able politi­cians,” who ac­cord­ing to him left for then rul­ing PDP, at the crit­i­cal time of elec­tions.

“Who ever want to join or re­join APC should go to his ward and reg­is­ter; that’s the right thing to do,” he said.

How­ever, a chief­tain of the APC in the state, who did not want his name men­tioned, said for­mer Gov­er­nor Mur­tala Nyako, as well as the Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion (SGF), Babachir Lawal, were be­hind the dra­matic re­turn of Ribadu and Gundiri.

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