Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC), The Nation reports.
According to reports, the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman and ex-gubernatorial hopeful under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got a letter from Adamawa State chapter of the party seeking his return to the party.
He is going to be readmitted with a former governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state, Mr. Marcus Gundiri, with their supporters.
But former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Adamawa State Governor Jibrilla Bindow, and two others have reportedly protested to National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun and the National Working Committee (NWC) against Ribadu’s return.
The APC leadership told Atiku, the governor and others that the constitution allows an individual to join a party of his choice.
Once a state chapter of the party is receptive to anyone’s membership, there is a limit to which the National Headquarters can do, they were told.
Ribadu accepted to return to APC following overtures from the leaders of APC at the national level, ex-Governor Murtala Nyako, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal, the state and local government chapters of the party.
A June 22, 2016 letter by the Adamawa State chapter, signed by the Acting State Secretary, Alh. Saidu Naira invited Ribadu back to the party.
The letter reads: “We the entire APC Adamawa State chapter wish to invite you back to your “home party”, APC.
“Given your track records and progressive nature, we strongly believe APC is where you belong to.
“We are also mindful of the efforts and contributions you made during the merger without which the merger would have been difficult.
“To this end, we reaffirm our request for you to come home to APC and assist and contribute to the success of the APC government both at the state and national levels.”