Former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff is a creation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and they should be ready to accommodate him, former House of Representatives member, Dr Haruna Yerima has said.
He said of the 16 years of the PDP, Sheriff has been working for it even though he was in ANPP and later briefly in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“In 2007 and 2011 presidential elections, Sheriff had worked against Muhammadu Buhari and openly campaigned for the PDP candidates,” the APC chieftain from Borno state said.
He said Sheriff adopted a system where he was in ANPP in Borno and PDP in Abuja. “Aso Rock was his second home under former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.
Yerima said under a peculiar arrangement, the PDP in Abuja “looked the other way while Sheriff dealt with its own members in Borno State.”
“During the third term saga, Sheriff was one of the arrowheads of the movement even though he was in ANPP and it has a presidential candidate,” he said.
He said to link Sheriff to the APC is most uncharitable “because it was public knowledge how he almost stalled the APC merger for PDP’s sake.”
Sheriff’s influence in PDP was never in doubt “having nominated his sister-in-law as minister in PDP administration,” he said.
The former lawmaker said Sheriff is patriotic, committed and loyal to no one and anybody except to himself, adding that the Borno former governor is fighting for his political survival and relevance in Nigeria and he has “nowhere to go if the PDP rejects him.”