Ali Modu Sheriff Storms Maiduguri, Says I Have Come to Pull “People” Out of APC
Former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Monday stormed Maiduguri, the state capital, to commence the formal process of defecting with his supporters to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Mr. Sheriff who arrived Maiduguri airport at about 2 p.m. to a mammoth crowd of his supporters both in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP and the state’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), was accompanied by several members of the National Assembly.
Speaking to journalist on arrival at his Giwa Barracks road home in the convoy of hundreds of cars, that drove several hours, Mr. Sheriff later confirmed his exit from the APC. He said he also came to pull his “people” out of the APC.
“There is nothing to hide as you can see, I have come to consult with my people on our resolve to pull out of the APC and join the PDP. But this is just a private visit which turned out to be some kind of rally because our supporters wanted it that way”, said Mr. Sheriff.
“We are still consulting with the national officers of the PDP on how to go about it, because the pull out is going to be big, and we hope to organise it after fasting. Presently, as you can see, majority of our people are fasting and praying for peace to return to our dear state. But after the Ramadan we would come back and pull our people
out of the APC”.
Asked why he was dumping a party he helped build, Mr. Sheriff, who was involved in a near-fisticuff with another APC leader, Bola Tinubu, at a party leadership meeting, said APC was not inclusive.
“The game has changed both in Borno and at the national level. APC has no solid foundation; a party cannot be built around an individual”, said Mr. Sheriff.
“I have taken time to study the package called APC and come to realise that it won’t work. And any serious politician, who knows his onions would not want to be in a ship that is bound to crash”.
“For now we are in high level consultation with our people and also with the PDP national officers. It is sad that our people here are in serious want; I came and saw many of them in serious difficulties, and we feel pained that we have to do something fast to assist them. We have no option now than to come and tell them that we are sorry, that we brought them a wrong party, but now we have come to correct our mistakes”.
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