- The Borno chapter of the ruling party has moved against a former governor of the state Ali Modu Sheriff
- Report had it that Sheriff was scheduled return to the ruling APC which he left for PDP
- The state chapter of the APC said Sheriff's move to defect to the ruling at the national level could cause confusion among party members
- Meanwhile, at the national level of the APC, Sheriff was advised to register in his ward in Borno state
There was confusion on Thursday, April 26, in Borno when a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was prevented from decamping to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Although some of Ali Modu Sheriff's allies were welcomed into the ruling party at the APC national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday, April 26, Sheriff was advised to register at the ward level in Borno.
Vanguard reports that those welcomed to the party include: Senator Hope Uzodinma from Imo state and Senator Gbemi Saraki, younger sister of Senate president, Bukola Saraki; Senator Teslim Folarin, Ahmed Gulak, who served as political adviser to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan among many others.
Also, there was protest from members of the APC in Borno state following Sheriff's ambition to return to the ruling party which he left for PDP.
However, in a statement, the chairman of the Borno state chapter of APC, Ali Bukar, said such move by Sheriff at the national level could cause confusion among party members.
Bukar said: “We have read news on the Social Media yesterday evening and in some National dailies this morning, that the former governor of our state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff will be received by our national chairman today at the headquarters of our great party."
“I want to assure you that the news remains rumour because somebody is only trying to fly a kite, that is capable of causing dangerous confusion during the State Congresses in Borno State," Bukar said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that in a reaction to the crisis, the national publicity chairman of the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, said the party welcomes new members who have registered at the ward level.
Abdullahi in a statement said: “Our attention has been drawn to reports in some sections of the media that the former factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff plans to defect to the All Progressives Congress APC today (Thursday) at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
“While we are aware of such intentions, we wish to restate our earlier position that anyone who wants to join the Party should do so at the ward level. We are happy to welcome new members to our party, but membership cards are not issued at the Party National Secretariat," Abdullahi said.
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