Some National Executive Committee (NEC) members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are hoping that former Borno Governor, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff emerge as the new chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A leaked audio of an side meeting of some PDP NEC members meeting during the party’s recently held national convention, revealed this mindset.
Discussing their convention, some NEC members praised the emergence of former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu as PDP’s chairman. The Discussion thereafter moved to the strength of the ruling APC and the battle ahead.
Reeling out potential aspirants on the APC platform, discussion zeroed in on Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff.
“The APC are trying to bring Ali Modu Sheriff” the first speaker said.
“Sheriff, the same Ali Modu Sheriff that almost destroyed PDP?” another speaker asked as most of them began to laugh.
“That would be a walkover for PDP in 2023 ” one speaker declared.
“That man has baggage. As soon as Sheriff emerges the media will feast on him” said another.
The speakers all agreed to look forward Sheriff’s emergence.
Recall that the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday 17 February 2017 had declared former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but was removed as the PDP Chairman and Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi reinstated as the National Chairman of PDP.
Chased out of the PDP, the former governor was to be formally received into the APC when he signified intention to join but that was not to be as the national leadership of the party which had earlier sent out invitations for the event suddenly discovered that it was admitting someone they should be careful about associating with. Tactically, the party instead tried to pass the buck to the former governor, asking him to join at the ward level.
Sheriff however made a triumphant return to the APC and soon gained access to the Presidency.
Since he launched his campaign for the APC national chairman, Sheriff has become prominent in media appearances, advancing his ambition.
In a recent photo, Sheriff was seen with President Buhari at the Villa. It was not clear if the presidential meeting was about Sheriff’s ambition and whether the President endorsed his ambition.
From Buhari’s antecedents however, he is known to apply military element of keeping his interest only to his chest until the right time. Buhari did so both in the run up to Oshiomhole’s emergence and Oshiomhole’s exit.