A former Deputy Governor of Borno State, Shettima Dibal, has alleged that an ex-National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff defected back to the All Progressives Congress, APC, to manoeuvre President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Waziri of Biu claimed that Sheriff rejoined APC to manoeuvre Buhari and the party’s Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole into allowing him appoint the next governor of Borno State.
Dibal, who was the Deputy governor to Sheriff from 2003 to 2011, made the disclosure while speaking with The Nation.
According to Dibal, “I think Sheriff’s return to the APC has nothing to do with right or wrong. It was about his survival. He returned because he didn’t have any option and, like I said, he always wants to manoeuvre his way to the Presidency. But, then, politics is about growing numbers and whoever joins the APC is ordinarily a plus. However, it will depend on sincerity of purpose or the opposite.
“It is not rhetoric; it is rather a political antic that is calculated to manipulate and deceive President Muhammadu Buhari, the new National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the entire Presidency. What Sheriff wants is for the Presidency and the APC headquarters to make him the arrowhead of Buhari’s campaign in Borno State.
“By that, he will get some mileage, access to security and resources principally for him to anoint the next governor of Borno State. He is angry with those who didn’t follow him to the PDP before 2015 election and he wants the next governor to fight them.
“The same Sheriff said on January 24, 2015 during PDP presidential campaign in Maiduguri that he was going to ensure Buhari’s defeat in Borno State. He said Jonathan should hold him personally responsible if the PDP fails to win Borno State. Of course, the PDP lost woefully. I think if we are to even look at Buhari’s election record in Borno State from 2003 to date, I will say his best was in 2015.”