Sheriff meets Osinbajo as Borno APC rejects his return
Ali Modu Sheriff, former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), held a private meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday.
Sheriff arrived at the villa while Osinbajo was presiding over the economic management meeting. He waited patiently until the nation’s number two citizen rounded off around 4pm.
Osinbajo gave audience to the former PDP leader, who used the exit reserved for the vice-president on his way out of Aso Rock.
He refused to speak with reporters at the end of the meeting which did not last up to an hour, reports TheCable. The media team of the vice-president had not issued a statement on the meeting as of the time this report was filed.
In the heat of the leadership crisis in the PDP, members of the opposition party accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of using Sheriff to cause confusion in its party, an allegation which the ruling party denied.
Sheriff, an ex-governor of Borno state and a former senator, is among the founders of the APC. He later left defected to the PDP, where he has lost relevance since the supreme court declared Ahmed Makarfi, his rival, as the authentic chairman of the party.
But addressing newsmen in Abuja, Maina Bashir and Abdullahi Mala, chairman and secretary, respectively of the Borno APC Coalition, dismissed the speculations as unfounded.
Daily Post reports that Alhaji Bashir said the coalition with party members from the 27 local councils in the state, was not aware of any effort to encourage Sheriff to come back.
“The crux of the story is that some unknown and unidentified members of our great Party seek the return of Sheriff, who until recently was the factional chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Firstly, we wish to state that we are not aware of any call or move by any person or group for the return of Sheriff to the APC. As committed members and stakeholders of the APC in all the 27 Local Governments of Borno State, we would have been aware of any sincere move or effort for the return of Sheriff to our Party, which he defected from at its greatest moment of need – just before the 2015 general elections.
“Thirdly, while we may have no objection to Sheriff or any other person for that matter joining our party, we wish to state clearly that every returnee or potential new member must join from his or her ward. We do not want ‘Abuja politicians’ with no substance at home in our Party.
“Finally, if the speculation is true that Sheriff has indeed eaten the humble pie and with his tail between his legs, wants to return to the APC, he should go to his Ngala, his town and register with his ward chairman. If Sheriff does not have the details Ward Chairman, we will gladly supply him,” he stated.