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Clark Urges PDP Not to Grant Ribadu a Waiver

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IMAGE: Chief Edwin Clark, Former Minister of Information and Ijaw Leader, »


More opposition against the aspiration of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, to contest the September 6 governorship primary election of the Adamawa State continued yesterday as the former Minister of Information and Ijaw Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to grant him waiver.

Clark in an open letter to the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Amadu Mu’azu, urged the party not grant Ribadu any waiver to enable him contest the governorship primary election of the PDP in the state, describing him as a serial ingrate without any electoral value.

According to Clark, “Granting him an obnoxious waiver to pick up the governorship nomination papers is nothing than a grand plan against our president, party and the innocent people of Nigeria.

“How can we so brazenly break our rules to destabilise our party, if not in a dangerous palace coup in the interest of high level elements within and beyond the party for reasons best known to them. What is this a man with no distinct colour bringing into the party? His antecedents are many; alas not clean.”

He said Ribadu became the chairman of the EFCC  and public consciousness with an irregular appointment into an office his rank did not qualify him for, adding: “He was comfortable, and did not consider it corruption of the established order, a promotion that catapulted  him over his seniors to justify his awkward appointment.”

The Ijaw leader who described Ribadu as a serial ingrate, narrated the ordeal of the former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar in the hands of the EFCC under Ribadu, in spite of the fact that it was the former vice-president who introduced him to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Clark said Ribadu was the midfield maestro in the bizarre impeachment processes under his steward of the EFCC, asking whether there was a single case of corruption that was successfully prosecuted under him as the EFCC boss.

On Ribadu non-electoral value, Clark said as a presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, he lost in his ward when he scored only 32 votes in Yola and 32,786 votes in the state, whereas General Muhammadu Buhari contesting under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), scored 344,526 and President Goodluck Jonathan scored 508,314 votes in Adamawa State.

However, some of the governorship aspirants in the PDP Adamawa State have petitioned the party, threatening to drag it to court should any waiver be granted to Ribadu, Marwa and Gundiri. They argued in the petition submitted to the National Organising Secretary of PDP, Mustapha Abubakar, that a waiver to the defectors from the APC would encourage indiscipline among the members of the party and dampen the morale of the members.

Meanwhile one of the governorship aspirants on the platform of the PDP Dr Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo has described as baseless and ridiculous a claim by his co-contestant in the party, Dr Umar Ardo that he (Modibbo) is not a member of the party, thereby calling for his disqualification from the race.

Modibbo reacted through a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Julius Toba, and made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday.

Toba said: "Much as Modibbo would not like to join issues with any politician or fellow aspirants in this race, we cannot afford to watch and allow a few unserious elements to have a field day running him down"

"Just like other allegations made against any forward-looking politician of Adamawa extraction by Ardo in the past, this latest one too smacks of bad blood, it is ridiculous, baseless and laughable in its entirety.

"For avoidance of doubt and in our effort to put the record straight, Modibbo is a foundation member of PDP, a party he had contributed immensely towards since its inception. He first got his initiation into PDP during the 1998 Jos Convention, after spending two sleepless nights.

"Since 2009 till date, we have documentary evidences indicating that my principal is a key financial member of PDP both at the state and national levels.

"For instance, commencing from January 2009, he had received no fewer than ten letters of appreciation from Adamawa state executive committee of the party for various of his philanthropic gestures.

"We have made available to the press Modibbo's PDP membership card with evidence of his yearly payment of party dues. We therefore challenge Ardo to present similar profile of his own contributions to the party, a platform upon which he wants to run for governorship in Adamawa."

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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