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Ex-PDP national chairman returns, announces interest in APC's chairmanship position

- Former Borno state governor and one-time national chairman of the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, has set his sights on APC's top job

- The 65-year-old politician was PDP's national chairman in 2016 before being removed at the party's national convention the same year

- Sheriff told reporters on Saturday that if the zoning of the APC national chairmanship favours his political region, he would contest for the position

Ali Modu Sheriff, a former chairman of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has revealed his desire to head the All Progressives Congress (APC) too.

Premium Times reports that Sheriff made the confirmation in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital on Saturday, February 27.

The former governor of Borno state from 2003 to 2011, said he is interested in leading the APC at the national level and would definitely contest for the position if it is zoned to his north-east region.

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Ali Modu Sheriff announces interest in contesting for APC's chairmanship position

Ali Modu Sheriff says he is ready and just waiting to see if the APC's zoning arrangement would allow him to contest for the position. Photo credit: @aledeh
Source: Twitter

He explained:

“But the real thing is that whether I will run for the office or not will be determined by what the caretaker committee takes as a decision on where the leadership of the party will go. Whether it will go to another place or it will remain in our zone."

He declared:

“If it goes to another zone, I will not contest. But if it stays in our zone, I will contest."

TVC News reports that Sheriff made the declaration while accompanying Yobe governor and caretaker chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni to his village to vote in the state's local government elections.

Sheriff was in charge of the PDP as chairman in 2016 before he was later removed at the party's national convention the same year.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that the PDP has dismissed claims that it was planning to sack its national chairman Uche Secondus.

The party also said it has not decided to return former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, as its presidential candidate in 2023.

The party's spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said on Wednesday, February 17, that the party does not have a presidential candidate yet because it has not sold nomination forms to anybody.


Akinyemi Akinrujomu is a professionally trained journalist with over 16 years of experience. His knowledge spans print, broadcast, and online media. He has worked in several top media organizations in Nigeria. He has also pioneered several print media publications. He is a graduate of History and International Studies from the Lagos State University and he also holds a professional National Diploma in Journalism. He loves reading, travelling and listening to music.

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