The embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff on Tuesday said Buruji Kashamu, a senator, is not his political Godfather, stressing that he was nobody’s godson.
Sheriff stated this in a press statement by his spokesman, Inuwa Bwala.
In the statement, Sheriff called on all PDP loyalists across the country to desist from smear campaigns and address issues in their collective quest to find a lasting solution to the crisis that has beset the party.
The statement reads: “This call became necessary in the face of reports planted in some sections of the media, alluding that Senator Buruji Kashamu is a godfather to the National Chairman, Senator Ali Sheriff”.
It further states that: “While it remains obvious that the said report was part of the mischief and orchestrated smear campaigns embarked upon by some people, against the national chairman, it wish to state for avoidance of doubt that, he has no godfather in politics and Senator Buruji Kashamu could not have been one.
“It is becoming clear that, the PDP National Chairman’s critics have run out of ideas on how to achieve their selfish agenda, hence the resort to blackmail and blatant falsehood in order to distract Sheriff from manifesting his capacity to reposition the party.
“We must state that it was most uncharitable for anybody to imply that Senator Kashamu, who like every stakeholder in the PDP, is highly respected, and who makes inputs towards the progress of PDP, is Senator Sheriff’s godfather, as nothing could be further from the truth.
“As members of the same political party, and who believe in the progress of the PDP, there exists mutual understanding between the national chairman and all stakeholders who identify with his cause in this challenging period, including Senator Kashamu.
“With a very strong political history behind him, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has an intimidating political credential and does not need a godfather to survive, as such, those bandying such mischief can neither succeed in distracting him from moving forward, nay pitch him against party members who identify with him,” the statement insisted.