Ali Modu Sheriff, a former factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is set to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, today.
According to the Daily Trust, Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC National Publicity Secretary, confirmed that Sheriff would be formally received by the party today in Abuja.
The former Borno state governor and former senator is expected to return alongside the PDP’s 2015 Borno gubernatorial candidate, Gambo Lawan.
Acknowledging Sheriff’s return, a member of the Borno state executive council stated that the state Governor, Kashim Shettima, would not stand in the way of the former governor’s return to the APC.
“Yes, the governor is aware but you should know that membership of political party is a personal thing. The governor will not stop Sheriff from joining APC. You are all aware that the governor did not stop him when he wanted to leave the party after the 2015 general elections”, he said.
Recall that Sheriff was one of the political bigwigs who founded the APC in 2013 after his party, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, merged with other political parties. However, following the political fallout with Governor Shettima, Sheriff dumped the APC and joined the PDP in 2014.
In 2016, Sheriff was installed as the acting chairman of the PDP National Working Committee. He was, however, displaced three months later at the party’s national convention in Rivers state and was replaced by Ahmed Markafi, former Kaduna state governor.
The former governor rejected the decision of the convention, insisting that he remained the only chairman of the PDP and continued to act as chairman of a factional group.
He was, however, sacked as the party’s top executive in July 2017 after the Supreme Court ruled that he was not the legitimate chairman of the party.