Pioneer chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, on Sunday, met behind closed doors with former governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande.
Though details of the meeting could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, a credible source, informed the Nigerian Tribune that it might not be unconnected with preparations of Ribadu to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
It will be recalled that Mallam Ribadu vied for the last governorship election in Adamawa State on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost to the APC candidate. The source further hinted that the meeting, which spanned several hours, was held behind closed doors at the College Road, Ila Orangun country home of Chief Akande.
According to the source, “Ribadu, before meeting Chief Akande, had held meeting with members of the APC in the former governor’s lodge.” At the meeting, Ribadu was said to have hinted of his readiness to return to APC, observing that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on which platform he contested 2011 presidential poll had become a strong factor in today’s ruling mega party.
When contacted over the development, the Osun State chapter of the PDP said it was unaware of the visit of Ribadu to Osun. Speaking during a telephone interview with the Nigerian Tribune, the spokesperson of the party in the state, Mr Diran Odeyemi, said: “we are unaware of his visit. He didn’t inform us and we don’t expect him to come to Ila to declare he was leaving light for darkness.
“When did Ila become his constituency that he chose to declare he was crossing to APC in the town? We won’t be surprised if, in the next few months, he jumps to another party. But if he leaves, no one will miss him.”