Former governor of Borno State, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff has been named the new chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The former Senator is replacing Ahmadu Mu’azu, the former chairman who resigned shortly after the bitter defeat the party suffered in the March 2015 polls.
PDP’s spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, who addressed journalists at the Abuja’s Wadata plaza secretariat of the party, on Tuesday, said all organs of the party, including, the national caucus, PDP governors’ forum and the national assembly caucuses agreed on the choice of Mr. Sheriff as the new party Chairman.
Sheriff who was the Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, was picked by the caucus as the candidate from the pool of other aspirants that appeared for the interview and screening.
Twenty nine names were said to have indicated interest for the position, but later pruned down to seven, even as former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu who indicated interest for the position, but did not show up for the screening.
Sheriff was the choice of the governors, the Senators, the national caucus, the National Working Committee, NWC, just as his name was waiting for approval by BoT and ratification by the National Executive Committee, NEC.
Ali Modu Sheriff was elected governor of Borno State in Nigeria in April 2003 and was the first governor in Borno state to win the seat two consecutive times. He has been plagued by his alleged sponsorship of Boko Haram, an allegation which he has denied. When Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, accused him of being one of the sponsors of Boko Haram, he insisted that he had never met any leaders of this sect. And that he will sue the Australian negotiator.
In 2015, the former governor was summoned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to respond to questions bordering on allegations of “misappropriation, embezzlement of funds and abuse of office while he was governor”.
In a remark, long before the former governor joined his party, the PDP, former President Goodluck Jonathan argued strongly that Mr. Sheriff was a “friend” of Boko Haram in a youtube video posted by Premium Times. See the video below
See the video of his denial as posted by Channels TV below
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