I joined PDP for Nigeria’s sake, ex-Borno Governor, Sheriff, says

A former Governor of Borno State, Ali Sheriff, on Friday said his decision to dump the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party was in the best interest of Nigeria.

Speaking with journalists after a meeting a closed door meeting President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Sheriff said having been elected state governor twice and a senator three times, his interest is now on how to move the nation forward.

“This means that in every aspect of life, I am one of the stakeholders in Nigeria because if by the help of God, the people of Nigeria had placed me in that position at every time, my interest now should be on how to move the nation forward.

“Our interest should be on what makes the nation move forward. My decisions will be guided by the interest of the nation first. My thinking of moving to the PDP is also in the interest of the nation.

“We believe that every time, as a leader who leads people, you should advise them on the right course of action,” he said.

The former governor, however, said he did not discuss PDP-related issues with Mr. Jonathan on Friday as he was there only for personal discussion.

Responding to questions on the activities of the Boko Haram sect in the North, Mr. Sheriff noted that the violence by the Boko Haram sect was a serious concern to everybody and all Nigerians must be ready to join hands to solve the problem.

Mr. Sheriff said he would use his experience as a former governor of the state to help find a solution to the insurgency.

“I am not a security man or personnel. Whatever that as civilian I can do using my position as the chief executive of the state for eight years, what I have seen during my tenure, I will contribute to the security agencies through whom I got those information.

“What you have to understand is that this country is a big country and Borno State is a different state from any other state in Nigeria.

“Borno has the biggest land mass bordering Niger, Chad and Cameroon. It is an open border. Borno is not like the Republic of Benin with only one entrance into Nigeria.

“In Borno, you can enter from 20 different points to the country. Therefore, you need a perfect understanding of the terrain. You need every knowledge that any politician has particularly any politician that operated in Borno State. That is all we can contribute for now,” he said.


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  • Babs

    Hahaha! wonders will never end in Nigeria. See how this man is talking like a drunkard. I don’t know what these politicians take Nigerians for. Well there’s God ooo!

    • Ngilari

      Leave them, they will regret their actions but it will be late, God bless Nigeria.

  • Ahmad

    What sherif is saying on the BH in essence is that he will use the same experience he used in creating BH eight years ago to tame the monster. The truth is that we know why the BH jubilate once sherif is in town.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    The only interest that matters to Sheriff is his own interest. This man was the lead campaigner for Abacha, and he defended the goggled one as passionately as he is now claiming to be working for Nigerians.

    It is a cruel irony that those who did everything to sabotage the democracy we are now enjoying today are the greatest beneficiaries of that system of governance!

    But they should not push their luck, lest they come to grief.

    • Mosaku 147

      They must grief because whatever was created by them must and will surely consume them and their families.

  • Reality

    But the last time after Borno people realised that you were brutal and arogant to them in your 8 years of ruling, they rally against you and vote a senator from PDP. So if you failed as an incumbent governor to secure a senate seat for yourself then which role are you going to play in Borno state talkless of the nation. YOU JOIN PDP FOR YOUR PERSONAL INTEREST

    • Jallah

      He is a devil, God will judge him on earth. Borno State and the entire north east will not forgive this man. God bless Nigeria.

    • mark critical

      This your argument no tight at all. Adamu Muazu failed to secure senate after his 8 years rule. But today he is the PDP National chairman. Politics no be like that.

      • Jayjay

        Was Adamu Muazu voted in or selected? So what are you talking about.

      • Factual

        But who appointed Adamu Muazu as PDP Chairman? Is it the people of Bauchi State or PDP? Please try to read the comments well before replying and also try to know the difference between PDP and People.

      • Reality

        Dont even compare Muazu with Sheriff, Muazu’s 8 yrs of ruling is totally different from that of Sheriff, not only Bauchi likes him but the whole NE were proud of his 8 yrs unlike Sheriff. Just take a survey of this posting or any posting that relates to Sheriff and see how many people support him.

  • Mosaku 147

    Now I understand what he said.” I have Boko haram in my government”. He mistakenly let the cat out because he talkes too much under the influence of …… am sure the people’s Genera,Azazi knew about this plan when he made his now famous statement that BH was a creation of PDP.
    When the opposition discovered this and commenced the scheming of SAS and FFK out of their fold it was around the same time Olisa Metuh started calling them janjaweed party. SAS almost fought Tinubu physically at an event and FFK was not given APC membership card. Frustration at not achieving the assignment.Their cohots, Ikimi and iman failed in their bid to grab the party as chairman and secretary respectively.
    Can someone please tell me or spot the difference between PDP and BOKO HARAM?

  • @aliadamu63

    More drama will be unveil in Nigeria, the insecurity situations have exposed this country, confirmed the hatred among ethnic settings in Nigeria. The Government needs to refocus the Nigeria, we are truly divided along tribal lines with grieve consequences.

  • Sani

    Where is FFK? It seems he is well informed ahead of time that the very reason he was using to link the APC with BH is now home. The chicken has gone home to roost. It is time for us to shine our eyes well, well.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      The chicken has indeed come home to roost!!!

  • Ojukwu Chukwudi

    Wonders shall never end, Jonathan having meeting with Boko haram kingpin, and most people in this forum have kept mute, and did not call PDP Janjaweed party. Ali Sheriff is a devil, and God will destroy him together with any of his supporters. Ali Sheriff is a boko haram, and is working with Asari. Now these terrorists are the close allies of Jonathan. Therefore, this is left for the people of Borno state, if they allow Ali Sheriff to be relevant again, then they should get ready for more tragedies. They first ask Ali Sheriff to name one project worth of one Billion Naira that Badluck Jonathan did to Borno state in his 6 years tenure, even a dispensary. They should ask Ali Sheriff to tell them what Badluck Jonathan did to help more than 100, 000 people of Borno living in Chad, Cameroon, and Niger. Ali Sheriff is a devil, and God will destroy him, with anybody associating himself with him.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      It is now glaring that most folks on this forum are driven by sheer hatred for the APC, hence they have resorted to calling it a bad name just to hang it. The God father of Boko Haram has just held a meeting with the President, and as you rightly pointed out….mum has been the word from APC haters. Nigerians are watching…..very keenly!

    • bello s-fulani

      Badluck ‘the Ebola’ Jonathan is now out of his hiding place. His open re-union with Boko Haram pioneering king pin SAS now expose him as the major financier of the BH sect. Birds of the same feather of course flock together.

  • felix

    dis is d man allegedly started boko haram , now he has joined pdp 4 d sake of nigeria or better still 4 d sake of efcc

  • Truthometer

    It is very irritating to hear this nonsense from the man that unleashed boko haram on Nigerians. At the appropriate time, Ali Sheriff and his co-criminals shall pay dearly for their crimes against Nigerians.

  • just kennie

    When Sheriff was in APC, JFK and Olisa mentuh said all sorts of crap about APC, diving Nigeria further on religious line. Now that BH founder is winning and dinning with Mumu Jonah. Azazi will be vindicated in his crave.

  • Shehu

    Where is Redeem, the PDPigs paid cyber agent? I haven’t seen his comment yet. HYPOCRITE!!!