Atiku, Ribadu become in-laws on Saturday

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Aliyu Abubaka and Fatima Ribadu

Aliyu Abubakar and Fatima Ribadu are scheduled to tie the knot in what is believed will be a low-key ceremony in Abuja.

Ribadu, in a wedding notification, said only a few people will be able to attend the ceremony in full observation of COVID-19 protocols.


Atiku and Ribadu are political foes despite both hailing from Adamawa. This however didn’t stop from finding love.

While Atiku served as Vice President under the administration of former President , Ribadu held sway as EFCC chairman.

Ribadu’s EFCC investigated Atiku with Congressman Thomas Jefferson was eventually indicated and for corruption.


Atiku maintained his innocence, insisting he was a victim of persecution by Obasanjo in the build-up to the 2007 presidential contest.

After the administration, they remained political foes. Ribadu ran as presidential candidate of the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011 while Atiku was in the .

The former Vice President moved the other way after alliance between the then All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to form the All Progressives Congress () in the run-off to the 2015 .


But the momentary stay in the same party was over when Ribadu moved to the to contest Adamawa governorship election, which he lost.


After the 2015 election, Atiku returned to the with the Adamawa chapter then controlled by Ribadu, didn’t hesitate to return to the immediately.

Atiku contested the 2019 as PDP candidate while Ribadu remains in the .

Atiku’s spokesperson Paul Ibe was quoted by Premium Times as saying: “Sometimes we fans and supporters assume too much or try to cry than the bereaved. is in PDP, Nuhu Ribadu is in APC; how does that affect two young people?


“It is about lives. People make choices and Atiku brought up his to be independent minded, to have a mind of own. They are educated, they are exposed. They share in the values of father which include respect for people despite religion, their customs or where they come from.

“They (the couples) are living the values that their have espoused and hold dear. This is what it is. If they met themselves and decided that they are compatible enough to spend the rest of their lives together, how would that bother you and I have also made independent choices?’’

The Nation