Ahead of the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff has thrown his hat into the ring.
The former Borno Governor will be contesting for the exalted office alongside 10 other party stalwarts.
Speakign in an exclusive interview with The Nation, Modu-Sheriff said he has been going around the country, making consultations and discussing with leaders of the party before he formally tells the world his intention and aspiration to the office of the national chairman.
“The APC, as you all know, is about six and half years old. A combination of different political parties became APC and we also know that our President Muhammadu Buhari even before coming into the APC had already made 12 million votes from his ANPP and CPC days. He brought that to the table and what are we going to face after the exit of President Buhari?
He further stated that the party is capable of getting voters’ trust even when President Muhammadu Buhari completes his tenure.
He also revealed that he had revealed his ambition to his successor, Shettima, adding that he has no problem with anyone in the state as perceived by some quarters.
“The governor is the leader of the state. I have gone and discussed with him about my ambition and aspiration. So, you don’t go out without talking to your home-base. In that respect, I have been talking to all of them. I am carrying all of them along in my aspirations.
“Saying that we are not in talking terms is just perception, it’s not correct. I have no problem with any of them. You don’t for whatever reason, help people or create people and start fighting them.
“We have no ax to grind. I was a governor for eight years. I have been in the Senate several times. I am not looking for any of these positions again because I have already gone past them. I am not looking for anything that someone from Borno is looking for. Therefore, all of them, we will work together to achieve this position for all of us, Nigeria and Borno State in particular.”
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