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Published On: Tue, Aug 26th, 2014

Why I abandoned my presidential ambition – Ribadu

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Nuhu-RibaduBy Lawrence Olaoye

Former presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday gave an insight as to why he abandoned his presidential ambition to contest the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state.

Ribadu, who spoke with journalists after he submitted his nomination form at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja, yesterday, said that his desire to serve at any level propelled him to drop his initial ambition.

He said that, as a former civil servant, he was ready to serve in any position, even as a street sweeper in any part of the country.

On the issue of waiver, he said he has done his bit and would not be bothered, adding that he would leave the party to do its own side.

”I am not worried about the waiver. I have followed the rules. I am a law and order person. I have done my own bit and I will wait for the party to do their own. That part is not my responsibility,”, he added.

Under the constitution of the party, new members and returnees are not qualified to seek elective positions until after two years  except they get a waiver.

Section 50 (9) of the PDP constitution says: “There shall be a minimum of two year membership span for a member to be eligible to stand for election into any public office, unless the appropriate executive committee gives a waiver or rules to the contrary.”

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