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FG recants, says appointment of Ali Modu Sheriff as DG of Buhari support committee unauthorised


THE office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), says the letter announcing the appointment of Ali Modu Sherif, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the Director General of President Muhammadu Buhari’s support committee for the 2019 election, was “unauthorised” and should be “disregarded”.

This was according to  a tweeter post by Bashir Ahmad,  Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Saturday.

Ahmad tweeted that a disclaimer was issued by Lawrence Ojabo, Director, Press, office of the SGF.

The tweet read: “DISCLAIMER: The attention of the OSGF has been drawn to documents in circulation in print and social media purportedly issued by the SSA to the President on Political Matters as public notice, appointing certain individuals into different roles under the BUHARI SUPPORT COMMITTEE.

“It has become imperative to clarify to all Nigerians and in particular to APC members that the said documents are unauthorised, misleading and should therefore be totally disregarded.

“Appropriate administrative measures are being put in place to ensure that such lapse does not recur in future.

“DISCLAIMER: This document purportedly issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters (Gideon Sammani), is unauthorised, misleading and should therefore be totally disregarded. – SGF Office.”


The announcement of Sheriff as head of the Buhari support committee, Friday, was criticised by many Nigerians, given that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had in the past accused him of being the creator of Boko Haram. That was when Sheriff was still leader of the PDP.

Sheriff rejoined the APC in 2018 following the judgement of the Supreme Court which sacked him as PDP’s National Chairman in 2017.

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