By: Peter OSSAGIE, Abuja
Former Borno state Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff has described those linking him with moves to dump nthe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as being mischievous.
Sheriff told our correspondent shortly after he attended the inauguration of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State for a second tenure, that he has not been approached to dump PDP for APC, and he is comfortable where he is, and has never contemplated leaving the party.
According to him, he joined the PDP in the first place because he was dissatisfied with certain developments in the APC, even as one of its founding fathers, and there is nothing more appealing in the APC to warrant his return, now that he has found an alternative home.
He said he was in Bayelsa state as a mark of solidarity with his party man, and it sounded rather absurd that he was being rumoured to be moving to the APC at a time he was busy networking with others to reposition the PDP for the days ahead.
“I am at peace in the PDP. I have no cause to dump the party, because I have been working with other fellow party men to revive the PDP and present a rebranded party for Nigerians by the next round of elections. I left the APC for a cause and the causes that made me to leave in the first place are still in the APC, so there is no truth in the rumours”, he asserted.
“My attendance of the swearing ceremony of Governor Seriake Dickson, who is in the same party with me is enough evidence that I am still in the PDP, and I will work for its success” Sheriff added, noting that, he knows those where such rumours may be coming from, judging by the medium that first carried it, but will not join issues with them because they are not of his class politically.
“It is unfortunate that today, facts are no longer sacred in our activities, otherwise, I do not see how I will be reported to be moving to where I never contemplated going, or abandoning a house I am helping to rebuild. The report was the mischievous outpouring of political jobbers, who derive joy in denting my image, but like I said, I will not glorify them by a response. This interview is enough to clarify my position”, Sheriff noted.
“The rumours did not start today, even when I visited the president to congratulate him on personal grounds, I was rumoured to be discussing my move to APC, but let me state for the avoidance of doubt that I have a personal family relationship with the President and it is not a taboo if we visit each other”, he added.
“I promise you that the PDP will regain its lost glory and we are working towards that. I have no regrets joining and I do not intend to quit,” Sheriff said.
By: Peter OSSAGIE, Abuja