Abuja - Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has denied denigrating leaders of the All Progressive Congress after quitting the opposition party.
He has defected to the ruling People's Democratic Party in a move that is said to have heightened tensions after statements credited to him criticising APC.
Nonetheless, Ribadu distanced himself from the statements denigrating such APC officials as Governors Rotimi Amaechi and Rabiu Kwankwaso.
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“Let me quickly make it known that I did not issue a statement disparaging APC and its members. These were clearly fabricated, expected backlash, by mischievous characters interested in misleading the public and drawing a picture of non-existent feuds between me and my good friends,” he said.
Ribadu nonetheless said it might be difficult for his allies to come to terms with his defection to another party.
“I know how difficult it may be for you to come to terms with my defection to another party. But I must assure you that it's a carefully considered decision for which I do not wish to hurt anyone's feeling. I'll not embark on a needless animosity with my good friends, irrespective of political, religious, regional and ethnic affiliations”.
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He added that his defection should not be seen as an initiation of political antagonism with "my good friends in another party."
“I still hold them in high esteem, and even where there are marked differences, I believe there are decorous and honorable ways of resolving them. So, kindly disregard any statement said to be by me attacking the personality of any politician since my defection. I will never allow myself to be drawn into such disrespectful exchange.”
- CAJ News