- A former national chairman of PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, recently defected to the APC
- He reconciled with Governor Shettima of Borno state after years of not being at loggerheads
- Shettima thanked Sheriff for returning to the party, saying he is willing to work together with him
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has said he left the Peoples Democratic Party due to the misunderstanding he had when he was national chairman of the party.
Sheriff who recently defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said this at a meeting of the stakeholders of the party in Borno state on Friday, May 4, The Punch reports.
He called on all supporters of the party in the state shun selfish interests and come together to achieve success for the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Sheriff said: “I rejoined my great party, the APC, following the misunderstanding we had in PDP when I was the national chairman. But I had to come back home and rejoin the APC, which is the party I helped to form.
“I am joining the APC as an ordinary member, and I want to call on all and sundry to support the leadership of Governor Kashim Shettima and the APC in the state.”
The former governor and his estranged political godson, Borno state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, reached a truce, calling on members of the APC to work in unity.
Sheriff, who is Shettima’s predecessor, dumped the APC for the PDP in 2015, when the relationship with his successor broke down. Some months back he lost the chairmanship of the PDP to Ahmed Makarfi, after a fierce court battle.
Also speaking at the meeting, Governor Shettima urged all the delegates to elect credible leaders at the state congress holding on Saturday, May 5, so as to move the party forward.
He promised not to interfere with the congress, saying he did not have a preferred candidate.
Report of Sheriff's defection to the APC emerged last week. Media reports had suggested that Sheriff was billed to visit the APC national secretariat, on Thursday, April 26, to officially announce his defection.
Reacting to the planned defection, a statement sent to NAIJ.com by the national publicity secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, stated that whilst the party was happy to receive new members, membership cards are not issued at the national secretariat.
NAIJ.com reported earlier that a truce was reached between Shettima and Sheriff; as the former and the state leadership of the APC agreed to allow the ex governor and his allies rejoin the ruling party.
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