The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are set to name a new leader of the party. To that regard, governors and other chieftains of the PDP are on a manhunt for Nuhu Ribadu, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The national caucus of the PDP held a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday afternoon, after which the National Executive Committee will meet at the Wadata Plaza secretariat of the party. They are hoping that Mr. Ribadu, is the best man to chair the party.
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Meanwhile, Mr. Ribadu was tipped for the chairmanship position last year, after Ahmadu Muazu resigned from office. However, we gathered that the move to have him replace Mr. Muazu, was frustrated by the National Working Committee, NWC, under the interim leadership of Uche Secondus. 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 members.
But now,after a long and very controversial process, which included a few court cases, the party has agreed to hold a special NEC meeting to fill the position created by the resignation of Mr. Muazu. In the last few days, several attempts have been made by some top party chieftains to persuade Mr. Ribadu to accept the office of the chairman. Unfortunately, the mRefusean seems to be on the run, as he refuses to give in to the request of the party.
A source privy to what goes 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. However, his “NO” remains stable. He also said at least four governors of the party and other chieftains are currently waiting at the Bayelsa Governor’s Lodge in the Maitama area of Abuja, scrambling to reach Mr Ribadu.
“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.
“Mr. Ribadu is skeptical of taking the PDP job because of the battered image the party has suffered, especially with the ongoing corruption probes. He is also not confident that the party’s bigwigs would tolerate his radical disposition,” he said.
Attempts to contact Mr. Ribadu reached a dead-end as his telephones have been switched for a while now. Even at his residence in the Asokoro District of Abuja, his security guards claim he is not at home, and that they do not know his whereabouts. The spokesperson to Mr. Ribadu, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, also said he had not been able to reach Mr. Ribadu in the past two days. Obviously, the man has gone into hiding.