Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu says he is no longer interested in contesting for the governorship position in Adamawa state due to the inability of the All Progressives Congress APC in the state to conduct direct primaries.
Ribadu speaking through the director-general of his campaign Salihu Bawuro on Sunday said while the greater majority of APC family in Adamawa state supported giving power to the people through direct primaries, the party decided to adopt indirect primaries at the last minute.
He stated that he was opposed to indirect primaries ab initio because he believed the process that brought those expected to participate in the process was fundamentally flawed.
“When the party congresses were held in May, we cried that no elections were held in Adamawa and the officials were only handpicked by those who hijacked the process.
“This was not addressed. We are therefore under no illusion of a fair contest in the hands of those so-called party officials,” the statement read in part.
The statement further assured that Mallam Nuhu Ribadu will continue to remain in the APC, and continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari, and his candidature as product of direct primaries.