With the alleged plan of the former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to return to the All Progressives Congress, the Borno State Chapter of APC has rejected him.
According to a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Borno state party chairman Maina Bashir and state secretary, Abdullahi Mala on behalf of the Borno APC Coalition, the state party chapter expressed concerns over Ali Modu Sheriff political antecedent.
The state party executive expressed satisfaction in the leadership of the party by the governor, Alhaji Kassim Shettima said they would not appreciate anybody that would join the party to cause crisis.
In the statement, the party said, “We have been alerted to a story published in a National Daily of Wednesday with the title ‘’APC Members Woo Sen Ali Modu Sheriff.”
“The crux of the story is that some unknown and unidentified members of our great Party seek the return of Sheriff, who until recently was the factional chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Firstly, we wish to state that we are not aware of any call or move by any person or group for the return of Sheriff to the APC. As committed members and stakeholders of the APC in all the 27 Local Governments of Borno State, we would have been aware of any sincere move or effort for the return of Sheriff to our Party, which he defected from at its greatest moment of need – just before the 2015 general elections.
“Secondly, the Borno state chapter of the APC is currently at peace, with no crisis whatsoever. This is because of the excellent leadership provided by the Governor of the State, His Excellency Kashim Shettima, which has allowed the party to blossom. We are wary of anyone joining the party, who is likely to change this situation for the worse.
“Thirdly, while we may have no objection to Sheriff or any other person for that matter joining our party, we wish to state clearly that every returnee or potential new member must join from his or her ward. We do not want ‘Abuja politicians’ with no substance at home in our Party.
“Finally, if the speculation is true that Sheriff has indeed eaten the humble pie and with his tail between his legs, wants to return to the APC, he should go to his Ngala, his town and register with his ward chairman. If Sheriff does not have the details Ward Chairman, we will gladly supply him.”
Recall that Ali Modu Sheriff was a factional National Chairman of PDP until recently when the Supreme Court ruled against him and in favour of the former governor of Kaduna State, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi.