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Tinubu explains why Ribadu had to step down for Buhari in 2011

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has revealed how Nuhu Ribadu, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, was pressured in 2011 not to abandon his presidential aspiration to support the race of Muhammadu Buhari.

Ribadu ran under the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria while President Buhari was the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressives Change.

Tinubu revealed this in an interview with The Sun, stating that it was ACN that countered Ribadu’s several attempts to withdraw from the presidential race because of Buhari.

Tinubu further revealed that despite the mounted pressure, Ribadu eventually stepped down for Buhari because he was torn between contesting against a man he respected, being seen as working against the North and being treacherous to the ACN.

“It was like holding him hostage. Each time he wanted to announce his stepping down, we told him you accepted to run, you cannot withdraw now”.

“But information kept leaking out that he had withdrawn,” Tinubu explained.

He also noted that the leakage of the news on social media affected the presidential race of the ACN adversely.

Furthermore, he heaped accolades on Ribadu as he recalled the dilemma the former EFCC boss faced back then.

“Nuhu Ribadu is a plain gentleman; he was disciplined and had so much respect for Buhari. He wanted to withdraw but he did not want to disappoint our party,” said Tinubu.

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