The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has confirmed the appointment of a former governor of Borno State, Ali Sheriff, as the new chairman of the party.
Mr. Sheriff is taking over from Uche Secondus, who administered the party as interim chairman since the resignation of Ahmadu Mu’azu after the 2015 general election.
Mr. Sheriff has already been sworn into office, the spokesperson of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said Tuesday.
Mr. Metuh is expected to address the media shortly.
The various caucuses of the PDP had earlier nominated the former Borno governor subject to the approval of its Board of Trustees and NEC.
The PDP is Nigeria’s biggest opposition party, and was defeated only in May 2015 after holding power for 16 years.
Mr. Sheriff has been a controversial figure amid allegations he funded and sponsored the extremist sect, Boko Haram. He denies the allegation.
In 2015, the former governor was summoned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to respond to questions bordering on allegations of “misappropriation, embezzlement of funds and abuse of office while he was governor”.
He was not arraigned.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...