There are indications that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, may be considering bringing on board, Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in a bid to help the fight against corruption.
While the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has labelled the PDP and its members as corrupt, it has surprisingly requested for the help of the former Economic and Financial Crimes Control, EFCC, Chairman, and Chieftain of the PDP, Nuhu Ribadu.
President of the APC National Coalition for Peace and Mobilisation, NACOPEM, Comrade Ahmed Saleh, who initiated the move on Tuesday in Abuja, maintained that Buhari cannot fight corruption alone.
Speaking at the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the Association, Comrade Saleh, voiced the readiness of the group to reach out to some important members of the PDP, who either left the party in anger or were misled into leaving the party, in the run up to the 2015 general elections.
Saleh however, insisted that: “We need the likes of Nuhu Ribadu and many others to rejoin the party and support this government to fight corruption and help Mr President address the multifaceted problems we have been facing since independence”.
The group said as part of its assigned mandate, as members of the peace and mobilisation of the APC, its investigations revealed that, what the government needs at this critical point in time to fight corruption, is for President Buhari to call on credible Nigerians, who it said possess the know-how, intelligence, ability and the strategy to fight corruption.
“I mention people like Ribadu, because I remember when $15 million was brought to him in an attempt to bribe him. How many people can resist such temptation at this present day? Today, former Governor, James Ibori, is in jail partly due to his efforts,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ribadu recently defended Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, after she was alleged by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to be mentioned in the Halliburton bribery scandal.
According to him, the said Aisha Buhari, was an impostor who was peddling influence with the name of wife of the President.
“She is a different person and has lived in the U.S. for years. She is hardly in Nigeria. The EFCC was working with U.S. authorities on the investigations. One of my plans was to arrest her before I left the commission. Our suspicion then was that she was using the Buhari name for influence.
“The EFCC laid ambush to see if she would come into the country so she could be arrested. I didn’t know what happened to the plann to arrest her after I left,” he said.