Kashamu not my god-fa­ther – Sher­iff

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

A fac­tional na­tional chair­man of the PDP, Se­na­tor Ali Modu Sher­iff, has warned party mem­bers across the coun­try to stop what he termed “smear campaign” in­sin­u­at­ing that Se­na­tor Bu­ruji Kashamu is his po­lit­i­cal god-fa­ther.

Sher­iff, a for­mer gover­nor of Borno State, said he had “an in­tim­i­dat­ing po­lit­i­cal cre­den­tial” and does not need a god-fa­ther to sur­vive.

A state­ment by his spe­cial ad­viser on Media, Inuwa Bwala, yes­ter­day, said those mak­ing such claims could nei­ther suc­ceed in dis­tract­ing Sher­iff from mov­ing for­ward nor pitch him against party mem­bers who iden­ti­fied with him.

He said party mem­bers and lead­ers should ad­dress is­sues in their col­lec­tive quest to find a last­ing so­lu­tion to the lead­er­ship cri­sis that has be­set the party, rather than “plant­ing re­ports” in some sec­tions of the media “al­lud­ing that Kashamu is Sher­iff’s po­lit­i­cal god-fa­ther.”

The state­ment said, “While it re­mains ob­vi­ous that the said re­port was part of the mis­chief and or­ches­trated smear cam­paigns em­barked upon by some peo­ple against the na­tional chair­man, we wish to state, for the avoid­ance of doubt that, he has no god-fa­ther in politics and Se­na­tor Bu­ruji Kashamu could not have been one.

“We must state that it was most un­char­i­ta­ble for any­body to im­ply that Se­na­tor Kashamu, who, like every stake­holder in the PDP, is highly re­spected, and who makes in­puts to­wards the progress of the PDP, is Se­na­tor Sher­iff’s god­fa­ther, as noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

“It is be­com­ing clearer that, the PDP na­tional chair­man’s crit­ics have run out of ideas on how to achieve their self­ish agenda, hence the re­sort to black­mail and plant­ing of bla­tant false­hood in or­der to dis­tract Sher­iff from man­i­fest­ing his capacity to re­po­si­tion the PDP,” the state­ment said.

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