Kano state Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has cautioned former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu against defecting to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
According to Kwankwaso while he was speaking newsmen in Kano yesterday said the move will be Ribadu’s worst political mistake even if he is given the PDP ticket; “Well, I have heard the rumour and we read it in newspapers and watch it on the television; and I don’t want to believe that that is correct or that is true. But I want to say that if that becomes a reality–it is, indeed, a big disappointment for Nigerians. People ordinarily will think that my brother, Nuhu Ribadu is a principled person; somebody with good ideology, somebody who is progressive; somebody who is always working towards the unity of this country; and above all, I remember during his days as the chairman of EFCC, he has done so much to deal with corruption. As we are moving deep into democracy, water is taking its level, people are moving in and out of parties, meaning that people with similar ideologies are coming together; unlike 1998/99 when we were forming parties to deal with the military and install democracy, everybody from all ideological tendencies came together.”
More so he said; “Now that we have gone deep into democracy, we are looking at our shoulders to say who is close to who and who is on the other side; and that was why some of us left the PDP to join our brothers and sisters who have the same ideology with us–and that is to bring about the desired change in this country. Now, for him who was, in my opinion, in the right place and together with the progressives, if he should just leave because he is looking for position or he is looking for a ticket to contest election, I don’t think that is good for him and I don’t think that is good for the country.”
“At the end of the day, if that happens, God forbid, he will be the biggest loser. He will lose because he joined a group that most of them were jailed by him. I don’t think they will ever want to see him there but in politics, there is this accommodation of people that they will bring you close, raise you up and dump you. At the end of the day, they will laugh at you and say, look at him now. If Ribadu is joining PDP, whether he wins election or not, he will be the biggest loser. People can’t believe that all what we said about him was completely wrong. The biggest punishment for a politician is for him to be in a wrong place; because if he goes there, by the time they are talking about how to share $20 billion, I don’t think he will be happy if he is the kind of person I use to know; unless he was just deceiving all of us. I don’t think Nuhu Ribadu will make that mistake because if he does, it will be the biggest political mistake of his life.”