The Borno Coalition for Good Governance,ma non governmental Organisation, NGO, has accused the former governor of the state, Ali Modu Sheriff, who recently defected from the All Progressive Congress, APC, has always being a mole of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, planted in the opposition to thwart the presidential ambition of former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, a retired major general.
In a press statement signed by its project manager, Modu Wulgo and secretary, John Ndirbula, the group said it has sufficient facts to back its claim, adding that sheriff’s exist from the APC was “good riddance to bad rubbish”.
“We are in possession of incontrovertible evidence that since 2003 Sheriff has been used by the PDP to destabilize the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, on whose platform he was elected governor twice. The leadership crisis which rocked the party for almost five years was actually caused by Sheriff in order to ensure the ANPP presidential flagbearer, Muhammadu Buhari, did not find a breathing space in the party,” the statement said..
The grouped further alleged that in 2003, 2007 and 2011, Sheriff voted against Buhari in the presidential elections despite being a major beneficiary of his “tremendous goodwill from Borno masses”, causing his party men to refer to him as “ANPP in body and PDP in spirit”.
It pointed that throughout Sheriff’s stay in the APC, he struggled desperately to gain control of the party’s machinery but failed as his plan was discovered by the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, adding that his claim of joining the PDP to rescue the state was a cheap propaganda.
“The fact remains that his (Sheriff’s) exit from office in 2011 has denied him the opportunity of milking the state resources which he used to enrich himself and his father who never completed any contract awarded to him by the Borno State government since 1999. The late Governor Mala Kachallah, out of frustration, had to hire another contractor to complete the roofing of the 202 housing estate as the senior Sheriff was paid for the job, but absconded with the money,” the Borno group alleged.
It maintained that any attempt to return Sheriff to the corridors of power either directly or through a proxy would be highly resisted, as that would amount to returning the state to backwardness and poverty which characterized his administration.
According to the statement, Sheriff, while serving as governor abandoned the Late Shehu of Borno, Mustapha Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, without adequate care despite his deteriorating health condition until he died in 2009.
This, it said, was because the monarch raised concern over the increasing influence of political thugs known as ECOMOG whom sheriff allegedly used to terrorize the state and his political opponents for eight years.
“Keen followers of Borno politics will recall that the late Shehu was known for his love for peaceful co-existence among the people and residents of Borno regardless of whatever social differences,” the statement said.