Ali Modu Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State, has said he will contest for the national chairmanship position of the All Progressives Congress (APC), if the seat is zoned to the North-east.
Sheriff, who accompanied Mai Mala Buni, caretaker chairman of the APC and Yobe governor, to his village to vote in the state’s local government election, told journalists that he will run for the office of the national chairman of the party, if the zoning favours him.
“The leadership of the party has not been zoned to any particular zone of the country for now. People have expressed their interests across the country. But the real thing is that whether I will run for the office or not will be determined by what the caretaker committee takes as a decision on where the leadership of the party will go. Whether it will go to another place or it will remain in our zone.
“If it goes to another zone, I will not contest. But if it stays in our zone, I will contest,” Sheriff said.
He also commended the leadership qualities of Buni, whom he said is “leading by example”.
The former governor expressed happiness with the improvement of security in Borno and Yobe States, saying that, “it’s a clear sign that peace has returned to our states, Borno and Yobe. Look at the turnout at Buni Gari for the Local Government Election. This cannot happen in the past because of the activities of Boko Haram. I am highly impressed by the turnout that I saw.”
Sheriff, who joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014, became the acting chairman of the party before joining the APC in 2018.