Kano State Governor, Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, on Thursday advised former presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, against defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to avoid committing political suicide.
Kwankwaso, who spoke to reporters in his office, said while he was yet to confirm whether the former anti-graft boss was interested in the purported offer of a gubernatorial ticket by the PDP, he warned that Ribadu would be committing a political blunder by dumping the All Progressives Congress.
He said: “well, I have heard the rumour and we read it in newspapers and watch it on the television. But I don’t want to believe that it is correct or that it is true. But I want to say that if it is true, then it is a big disappointment for Nigerians. People ordinarily will think that my brother, Nuhu Ribadu is a principled person; somebody with good ideology, somebody who is progressive; somebody who is always working towards the unity of this country.
“And above all, I remember during his days as the chairman of EFCC, he tried so much to deal with corruption. As we are moving deep into democracy, water is taking its level, people are moving in and out of parties, meaning that people with similar ideologies are coming together. And unlike 1998/99 when we were forming parties to deal with the military and install democracy, which was why everybody from all ideological tendencies came together.
“Now that we have gone deep into democracy, we are looking at our shoulders to say who is close to who and who is on the other side. That was why some of us left the PDP to join our brothers and sisters who have the same ideology with us—and that is to bring about the desired change in this country. Now, for him who was, in my opinion, in the right place and together with the progressives, if he should just leave because he is looking for position or he is looking for a ticket to contest election, I don’t think that is good for him and I don’t think that is good for the country.
“At the end of the day, if that happens, God forbids, he will be the biggest loser. He will lose because he joined a group that most of them were jailed by him. I don’t think they will ever want to see him there. But in politics, there is this accommodation of people that they will bring you close, raise you up and dump you. At the end of the day, they will laugh at you and say, look at him now.
“If Ribadu joins PDP, whether he wins election or not, he will be the biggest loser. People can’t believe that all that we said about him was completely wrong. The biggest punishment for a politician is for him to be in a wrong place. I don’t think Nuhu Ribadu will make that mistake because if he does, it will be the biggest political mistake of his life”.
Kwankwaso also called on Nigerians to reject the proposed new constitution, which he said was smuggled into the just concluded national conference, insisting that it was a grand plot by the PDP and the presidency to elongate the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan.