Finally, Ali Modu Sherriff Joins APC after months of dilly dallying

He has been known to have a primary constituency: His personal ambition. Ali Modu Sheriff, Billionaire-in fact, he is rumored to own half of Niger republic, finally berthed in the All Progressives Congress, APC, a party he was believed to be working for even when he was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The former governor of Borno state and three time senator moves back to his natural constituency, dragging with him Alhaji Gambo Lawan, who once ventured into governorship candidacy of Borno in 2015 under the Umbrella of PDP. Indications are that no representative from the Borno State government will be part of the reception, indicating that it is not yet Uhuru for the embattled multi Millionaire. This is coming on the heels of recent invitations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to account for how he raised $72 million (N12 billion) to buy a Gulfstream aircraft, Model G650, after leaving office as a governor. But they should not have bothered but for the allegation of a dubious extortion of $200 million for the procurement of Boko Haram ceasefire under a former administration. Sherriff was the governor when the deal was brokered in 2014, and has been the go between in the negotiations and consultations involving a foreign government. Although he was granted bail on self recognition, it is believed that he immediately decided to formalize his membership of the ruling party, the only umbrella that could protect him from the sweeping broom of investigations.

Sherriff had been in the news for the wrong reasons. He and the governor of Borno state has been trading verbal missiles on who is the brain behind Boko Haram, which seems to be the Albatross he has to carry to his grave. His short tenure as the interim Chairman of the PDP was tumultuous, with all indications pointing towards sit-tightism, until finally he was all but dislodged from the position. He will be received by the APC chairman, John Oyegun, and top party officials.

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