Contrary to expectation that Ali Modu Sheriff, former factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, would defect to the All Progressives Congress on Thursday, that didn’t happen. Reports say the ruling party appears not disposed to Sheriff joining its fold.
Bolaji Abdullai, the APC’s spokesman, in a terse statement said: “Our attention has been drawn to reports in some sections of the media that the former factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff plans to defect to the All Progressives Congress today at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
“While we are aware of such intentions, we wish to restate our earlier position that anyone who wants to join the Party should do so at the ward level.
“We are happy to welcome new members to our party, but membership cards are not issued at the Party National Secretariat.” Political watchers believedthe party’s statement was a snub to Sheriff.
Sheriff, a former governor of Borno, has at different times been said to have links with Boko Haram insurgent, an albatross he has continued to carry. However, Sheriff denied the allegation.