Presidency Plots Impeachment of Yobe, Borno Govs; Modu-Sheriff to Spearhead the Job
The presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appears to have given former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff all what he needs to enable him take over Borno and Yobe state from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sheriff, a former Borno State governor, is also said to have been given enormous powers, enough to enable him decide the course of political events in the two states, including who picks up what position in the primaries for the next elections, the sources said.
According to report, the Presidency has already perfected plans to see to the impeachment of Governor Kashim Shettima and Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe States, using former governor Ali Modu Sheriff.
The sudden reopening of the Maiduguri International Airport, last Monday, for Sheriff’s private aircraft to land gave credence to the support he has been receiving from The Presidency. The airport was shut down on July 27 over what the Federal Government called “security concerns.” The development forced top government officials in Borno State, including Governor Kashim Shettima, to remain indoors. Besides reopening the airport, dozens of soldiers, armed with sophisticated weapons gave cover to the August visitor who confirmed to his supporters that he was in Maiduguri “to bury the APC,” a party of which he was a founding member.
Sheriff’s brief from Abuja is to “capture” both Borno and Yobe states, one of the sources said, adding that he had been empowered with the resources he needs in order to accomplish the job in the coming weeks.
Part of the mandate, it was gathered, is to work with the Borno State House of Assembly to accuse Governor Shettima of “financial recklessness” and subsequently use that to impeach him. Sources said there are plans to also implicate the governor over some security issues in order to force him out of power.
Findings reveal that Borno State, because of its population, is strategic to the PDP’s elaborate agenda of gaining substantive control in northern Nigeria in order to consolidate President Goodluck Jonathan’s ambition to contest in 2015. Since its creation, unlike its contemporaries, Borno was never controlled by the ruling government at the centre. In fact, it is believed that its people are “traditionally leftist and perpetually opposed to the ruling government.”
Sources say part of the mandate of Sheriff is to use members of the Borno State House of Assembly to take away power from Governor Shettima.
At least 17 of the 28 members of the State Assembly have so far expressed their willingness to follow Sheriff to the PDP, Daily Trust learnt.
Majority Leader of the Borno State Assembly, Mr Idrissa Jidda, told Daily Trust yesterday that many lawmakers have agreed to defect from APC to PDP though he declined to say why they are defecting.
“Many members are willing to go, in fact I am one of those that are going to join the PDP very soon,” he said.
Another state lawmaker from southern Borno, who does not want his name mentioned, distanced himself from the defection move, saying the Assembly “is intact and absolutely loyal to the APC and the administration of Governor Kashim Shettima.”
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