ABUJA – In spite of the highly publicised intention of the former Chairman of the Economic Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, to contest the forthcoming presidential polls under the ticket of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Vanguard confirmed yesterday that Ribadu is yet to register in the party as a card-carrying member.
Vanguard findings at the ACN national headquarters showed that Ribadu’s name was not among the names of the members of the party from his state, Adamawa, nor from his Ward, Yola.
“We are happy to hear him declare his ambition under our party,” a source at the ACN office told our reporter yesterday, “he is one of the many high profile Nigerians who have integrity and command broad respect that are fighting to carry the flag of the ACN in the presidential race but he is yet to register and become a card carrying member of the party.”
“The ACN is a new party and is different from the Action Congress, AC, though it still retains the same structure and its ideology remains the same. Unlike AC, which stipulated that a member must have at least registered as a member six months before he is fit to contest, the CAN does not have that in her constitution.”
At Ribadu’s campaign headquarters in Abuja, it was also confirmed that Ribadu had not yet registered as at yesterday.
An official in his campaign office said Ribadu was to register at his ward in Yola last Monday, but that the demise of Alhaji Mahmoud Waziri, former Chairman of the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, from the same Yola with Ribadu, stalled the move for this week.
“He didn’t want his people to think he is insensitive to the loss of a very prominent member of Yola community.
“We have already finished all the logistics for his supporters to escort him to his ward to register next Tuesday,” he said.
The ACN, had already given out the attributes it wants from its flag bearers and at a press conference in Abuja recently, Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, had said the person should, “reasonably have high level of education and deep intellect – not necessarily an expert – but one who can understand and make sense of what the experts would say.
“The person must also have experience of private and public services/government,as well as a clean record of service.”
According to him, the person must have charisma and must have broad based reception across the country as a credible change agent.