Modu Sheriff’s Defection To PDP: APC Plans Nationwide Thanks Giving
The All Progressives Youth Forum is planning to organize a nationwide thanks giving with a special Sunday church service and Jumma’at prayers over the planned defection of former governor of Borno State Ali Modu Sheriff from the APC to the PDP.
Sheriff had on Friday confirmed his planned defection to the PDP when he told State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan that his movement to the PDP was in Nigeria’s best interest.
Barrister Ismaila Ahmed said the Forum received the news with so much joy as it considers his exit as the best thing that would ever happen to the life of the party, due to what it calls “strategic blackmail” of the APC by the PDP using Sheriff’s alleged links with the Boko Haram, regardless of whether Sheriff was guilty or not.
The Forum said “it has conducted very serious investigations about all the games in trying to attach a bad name to the APC locally and internationally. We found out that the PDP uses sponsored commentators in Nigeria to link Sheriff with Boko Haram, rightly or wrongly, and because he was a chieftain of the APC, it was easy to sell that to Nigerians using the media.
The Forum recalled that the minister of information, Labaran Maku, and Femi Fani-Kayode recently said in public that Sheriff was behind Boko Haram and they openly used that to associate APC with Boko Haram.
The Forum further recalled that the PDP in Borno State had, as far as 2011, sent a delegation to media houses and alleged that Sheriff was responsible for the emergence of a violent Boko Haram attack after a certain deal he struck with their late leader to support his bid in 2003 to be governor, and, in return, Sheriff created a Ministry for Religious Affairs and made one of the Boko Haram’s major financial backbones, Buji Foi, as commissioner for religious affairs.
Sheriff, along the line, fell out with him, leading to the 2009 first major crisis, the Forum stated, pointing fingers over the order to kill Mohammed Yusuf whereas he was captured alive, and also to kill the former commissioner, Buji Foi, while he was also captured alive, all in an attempt to silence both Yusuf and Foi from revealing some information about their dealings to the public.
The Forum said: “Boko Haram went viral over the extra-judicial killings of their members to the extent that the crisis has taken a confusing dimension.
“But the PDP-led federal government deliberately refused to arrest Sheriff; instead, the FG blackmailed him into working against the ANPP then and thereafter planted him as a spy in APC where he was able to report every strategy of the APC to the PDP since, as a national leader of the party, he was privileged to attend strategic and highly sensitive meetings of the party. Most importantly also, the PDP and the federal government are in the habit of telling the international community that APC had links with Boko Haram and in each of their meetings with representatives of foreign countries and international institutions, the PDP and the FG cited Sheriff’s membership of the APC as basis of APC’s false link to Boko Haram.
“At a point, two months ago, some agents working to satisfy the PDP wanted the British parliament to move a motion in session seeking to probe APC’s alleged link with Boko Haram principally on the basis of Sheriff’s membership of APC
“By the time Sheriff leaves the APC, nobody will have any reason to further demonise the party locally or internationally. We had actually recommended his expulsion to the leadership of the party a while ago, if not for some people like the governor of his state and Alhaji Kashim Imam who intervened. We don’t want him one bit in APC.
“He was a big burden to us; we feel so relieved and this is why we will call on our members nationwide to attend special Sunday church service and jumma’at prayers to offer thanksgiving to God almighty for cleansing the APC. His exit is the best thing that ever happened to the APC since it came into being.
“The APC was not happy with the departure of Shekarau and Bafarawa but Sheriff… No, no, we wanted him out and we say thank God he has left us. Let him go far, far away with his controversial history and antecedents. We don’t want any Hitler-related past around us.”
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