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A Tale of Two Defectors: Ribadu, Obi Meets Again (PHOTOS)

It was a reunion of sort for former Anambra governor, Peter
Obi and former Adamawa gubernatorial candidate, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu who apparently
were seeing again for the first time since the post-Goodluck Jonathan era.
Their continual hugging and vigorous shaking of hands drew
attention of journalists and other political big wigs at the cocktail session
of the 20th THISDAY Anniversary Award held at Eko Hotel and Suites
penultimate week.
It would be recalled that both men defected from their
primary parties to pitch tent with the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) in a move that shock political observers.
While Peter Obi claimed he dumped All Progressives Grand
Alliance (APGA) after a long and sustained denial in October 2014 because of
his resolve to be strongly involved in former President Goodluck Jonathan’s
2015 re-election bid, the 54-year-old anti-corruption Czar defended his jumping
of ships from All Progressive Congress (APC) to PDP as an action borne out of
his zeal to his country.
However after the loss and eventual evacuation of the
erstwhile government from Aso Rock, not much was heard of most PDP stalwarts,
especially the two political turncoats who many political buffs still believed hold
an impeccable record in their last political assignments – Ribadu in EFCC and
Obi as Anambra State governor.
This perhaps explained why the organisers of THISDAY
anniversary awards found both worthy of being given the prestigious recognition
of game changers.
In the category of lifetime achievers however were Alhaji
Ahmadu Ibrahim Coomasie, former Inspector General of Police; Chief Tonye
Graham-Douglas, former Minister of Tourism; Sir Alex Duduyemi, businessman
extraordinaire; Mr. Jackson Gaius-Obaseki, former Group Managing Director of
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC); Prof Ibrahim Gambari,
former Minister of External Affairs; His Royal Highness Alhaji Shehu Idris,
Emir of Zaria; Prof Joe Irukwu, insurance guru and Chief Kola Jamodu, former
Minister of Commerce and Industry.
Others lifetime achievers included Commodore Ndubuisi Kanu,
former Lagos State Governor; Justice Idris Kutigi, former Chief Justice of
Nigeria; Prince Tony Momoh, former Minister of Information; Justice Aloma
Mariam Muktar, first female Chief Justice of Nigeria; Justice Dahiru Musdapha,
former Chief Justice of Nigeria; Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, former chairman of
Nestle Plc and Chief Joseph Sanusi, former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor.

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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.


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