Gov Shettima, Former Gov Ali Modu Sheriff Reconciles, Says Deputy Gov
The seeming war between Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state and former governor of the state, Ali Modu Sheriff came to a happy end at the weekend as the duo met and agreed on the need to work together.
This was disclosed by the Borno State deputy governor, Zannah Umar Mustapha, while obtaining his All Progressives Congress (APC) membership card in country home, Biu, 185km away from Maiduguri
He disclosed that Sheriff was yesterday received by a mammoth crowd of political supporters in Maiduguri when he arrived in his private jet to partake in the ongoing registration.
Against the scenario that played out three weeks ago when his visit was greeted by chaos that snowballed into the youths pelting his convoy with stones, a fate equally suffered by Governor Shettima 24 hours earlier, Sheriff had a peaceful rally through Maiduguri as he headed for his local government, Gamboru-Ngala for his registration.
“The so-called fight” between the two chieftains of the ruling APC in the state was more of a creation of mischievous politicians that was hijacked and scandalised by the media, Mustapha said.
“Alhamdullah (glory be to God) all is now over about the so-called fight between my boss, Governor Shettima and former governor, Ali Sheriff”, said the deputy governor. “People, especially the small time politicians usually thrive in promoting disagreements that are never in existence just to advance their selfish needs. But as I am talking to you now, both His Excellency, Kashim Shettima and our former governor, Sheriff had on Saturday met and reconciled whatever differences they might have had. They have also agreed to work together more than ever before to advance the cause of APC”.
Mustapha, who made this known while reacting to a poser on how APC could win elections in the face of the sharp division in the party, added that “APC has come to stay as the only alternative for Nigerians, and this is making many people uncomfortable; may be that was why some people are praying that our normal in-house disagreement should not end; but nothing that is political is permanent; we can always disagree to agree”.
On what caused the now settled fight between Shettima and Sheriff, the deputy governor said “It is all the creation of politicians and the media”. He added that “ferrying of rumours and distortion of facts contributed in a most unfortunate manner to breed acrimony within our party”.
He reiterated his commitment to being loyal to the state governor, Kashim Shettima, whom he described as “not only the leader of APC in Borno State, but also a father to all in the state”. He recalled that even the former governor, Ali Sheriff, when he was handing over in 2011 had acknowledged that “Governor Kashim Shettima, by virtue of his being the governor of the state, has become the father of all, including himself”.
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