By Samuel Ogundipe
Malam Nuhu Ribadu is the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. He worked as a career police prosecutor before being appointed to helm the anti-corruption watchdog by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He was retired by President Umar Yar’Adua and has been in and out of politics since then. In 2011, he was nominated as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, losing heavily to President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari. He absconded the political center stage for a while afterwards, only to return in 2015 as the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Adamawa State, following his widely reported exit from the progressives ranks.
Mr. Ribadu suffered the same fate as he did in 2011, and he’s magnanimously accepting that reality now as he did then.
Here’s his statement after losing to the All Progressives Congress candidate in the 2015 Adamawa State gubernatorial election.
“My dear people of Adamawa State,
I greet you in the best form of greetings.
I had dreamt of coming back home to lead our dear state to greater strides after years of underdevelopment. I started this journey in August last year and successfully got the mandate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to fly its flag for the April 11 gubernatorial election. I came into this race knowing fully well that political contests are two-way traffics – one either wins or loses. As a man of faith, I was also aware that leadership responsibility is a product of God’s anointment.
In the course of this journey, I have seen genuine support and encouragement from the people of Adamawa state. Several individuals from Adamawa and beyond contributed generously to keep the campaign going and many others devoted their time, energy and intellect to see to the success of this project. I sincerely appreciate this belief in my person and my ambition.
The support I got from my party’s leadership and individual members from President Goodluck Jonathan down to the party agents in our polling units was overwhelming and gratifying. The party leader in the state, Barrister Bala James Ngilari and the state party chairman, Chief Joel Madaki led their lieutenants in making this journey memorable.
I came into this race with lofty dreams and clear vision for our dear state, but the voice of the majority has not given me this chance. I take this in good faith.
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the winner and pray that at the end of it all our dear state will witness the needed progress and development it so much desires.
God bless Adamawa State
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Nuhu Ribadu, Yola.”