Shet­tima, Sher­iff an­nounce cease­fire, to pick can­di­dates by con­sen­sus

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hamza Idris and Ya­haya Ibrahim, Maiduguri

Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State and his pre­de­ces­sor, Ali Modu Sher­iff yes­ter­day an­nounced a cease­fire over the long feud be­tween them that po­lar­ized the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in the state.

The duo spoke at a press con­fer­ence which held at the con­fer­ence hall of Sher­iff ’s pri­vate res­i­dence in Maiduguri where they both rec­og­nized the me­di­a­tory role played by Al­haji Kashim Imam, a two time gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) who is now a chief­tain of the APC.

They promised to work to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of people of Borno, point­ing out that it will be wrong to en­gage in po­lit­i­cal wran­gling when the state was con­fronted by se­cu­rity chal­lenges that is threat­en­ing its ex­is­tence.

The meet­ing was at­tended by state chair­man of the APC, Se­na­tor Kaka Mal­lam Yale, Deputy Gover­nor of Borno State, Zanna Umar Mustapha; six mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Speaker and mem­bers of the Borno State House of As­sem­bly and many stake­hold­ers of the party.

Mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween Shet­tima and Sher­iff man­i­fested over lead­er­ship of the party dur­ing the for­ma­tive stage of the APC af­ter the merger of the de­funct Ac­tion Congress of Nigeria (APC), Congress for Pro­gres­sive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peo­ples Party (ANPP).

The cri­sis reached a crescendo last week, dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion for ward, lo­cal and state con­gresses of the APC.

“We have had some hic­cups in the past but in the in­ter­est of our great party; in the in­ter­est of our people, we have re­solved as a fam­ily to bury the hatchet and co­a­lesce into one force to face the chal­lenges that are con­fronting us as a people and as a com­mu­nity.

“We have re­solved as a fam­ily and in line with the pol­icy frame work of our party to go for con­sen­sus can­di­dates for lead­er­ship po­si­tions in our wards and lo­cal gov­ern­ments. In the event where con­sen­sus can­not be reached, then there would be elec­tion for the po­si­tions,” Shet­tima said.

On his part, Sher­iff said hav­ing served as gover­nor for eight years, went to the Se­nate three times and also served as chair­man, Board of Trustees of the ANPP, it would be er­ro­neous for people to think that he was com­pet­ing for lead­er­ship po­si­tion of APC at the state level.

“The truth is that if APC as a po­lit­i­cal party loses a unit in Borno state to­day, I will be the num­ber one loser be­cause I know what it took me to build the then rul­ing party, ANPP.

Also speak­ing, Kashim Imam said all people of good­will must work to­gether to lib­er­ate Borno from the shack­les of in­se­cu­rity.

Ali Modu Sher­iff

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