Ali Modu-Sheriff was contracted by the APC to destroy its chance of mounting a serious challenge to the ruling party, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the PDP has alleged.
“The All Progressives Congress has contracted Sheriff and his cohorts to scuttle the chances of the PDP in the Edo governorship election,” spokesman of the committee, Dayo Adeyeye, said.
“We have credible intelligence that Sheriff had a meeting on Sunday night with an (unnamed) APC governor from the North-West, where it was organised that he would be given full security and financial support to exacerbate the crisis in the PDP with the objective of preventing the PDP from presenting a candidate for the Edo governorship election, or in the very least, to prevent the PDP from offering a serious challenge to the APC, whose electoral fortunes have continued to nosedive,” he added.
According to him, Sheriff’s “takeover” of the party secretariat as a brazen act of lawlessness and an attempt to set the stage for a violent confrontation.
Sheriff, who leads a faction of the party, however denied the claim.
“Senator Ali Sheriff is too big to be used by anybody, least of all the APC, to destroy a party he is trying to and weaning from the milk of impunity and rebuilding to give Nigerians a credible alternative,” Sheriff’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Inuwa Bwala, said. “He left the APC based on principle and has not had contact with the party ever since. The so-called caretaker committee knows that INEC will not accept any list from it; so, it is desperate to get recognition.
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