ACN PRESIDENTIAL OFFER TO RIBADU, GREEK GIFT â€“ PDP CHIEFTAIN
Special Adviser to the Lagos state Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on publicity, Otunba Femmy Carrena, has described as a Greek gift, the presidential ticket being dangled before former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, by some chieftains of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) .
He predicted that should the former anti-corruption czar accept the offer, his image would come out of the deal worse.
Some people in the hierarchy of the ACN were said to be dangling its Presidential ticket before Ribadu on the premise that the former EFCC image tallied with the party's ideals.
Ribadu is yet to join the party or accept the offer.
But Carrena, who carpeted the ACN for playing cheap politics, contended that the offer was not because the opposition party desired change in the country but to cover up the tracks of some of its corrupt leaders.
According to him, 'we have always heard that it is only Ribadu that has all the evidence that would nail former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu. If that is true, and we have no reason not to believe that it is true, and Ribadu now accepts the Presidential ticket of the party where Tinubu is a chieftain, then you can be sure all that evidence is gone.
'It is what you call vacuum system in political science and I want to say it is a Greek gift meant to silence Ribadu for ever. He wont be able to have anything on Tinubu again because a lot of negotiations would have gone on before Tinubu would pave the way for Ribadu to emerge.'
Carrena, who regretted the opportunism being displayed by ACN leaders, however, warned the former EFCC boss to reject the offer from the opposition party.
'My advice for Ribadu is, yes, he has the right to contest the highest office in the land and he has the right to associate with whosoever he wants, but I want to advise him, as someone within the same age bracket, the offer from ACN will hurt the reputation he had built over the years from his time in the police to his time at EFCC.I think Ribadu should not allow some selfish politicians to use him. Happily he has not accepted it, so I will ask him to politely decline the Greek gift,' the PDP chieftain said.