Since the removal of its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, APC has been without a substantive National Chairman. Instead what the party makes do with is an acting Chairman in the person of Governor Mai Mala Buni. Buni chairs the APC Caretaker Committee which is mandated to conduct its extraordinary convention that will produce a new substantive Chairman and other national party leaders.
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Already, APC has conducted its ward and LGA congresses, it is still getting set to hold state congresses which will be followed by the National Convention where a new National Chairman will be elected. Ahead of that event, there is one controversial politician is in the race hoping to emerge the replacement for Oshiomhole in substantive capacity. He is Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff. He is a former two term Governor of Borno State. This article discusses three strong factors that may favour Modu-Sheriff in the race to succeed Oshiomhole.
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First, Modu-Sheriff was the leader of All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP. ANPP was one of the major political parties in Nigeria that formed the merger which gave birth to APC in 2014. Just like President Muhammadu Buhari who was the leader of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) faction and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu that was the leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) bloc, Modu-Sheriff has his faction and loyalists in APC who believe he should be given the chance to head the party.
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Second, he was a founding member of the APC. Being a founding member of a party comes with a lot of privileges. The foundation stage of a political party is the stage where it needs people to make a lot of sacrifices to make things work. As a result, the party usually does not forget its founding members and it accords them some privileges. This was one of the reasons why APC allowed Modu-Sheriff back into the party even after he was the National Chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. This factor may still work in favour of Modu-Sheriff as APC looks set to allow him to contest for the post like others.
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Finally, Modu-Sheriff's home state is ruled by APC over the years. A saying has it that charity begins at home. Even during his forays in PDP, Borno State has never been ruled by any other party apart from ANPP and later APC. Modu-Sheriff can brag about this this. After his tenure, Kashim Shettima took over and ruled the state for years. He left and ensured that it is still under APC as Governor Babagana Zulum took over. Till now, APC is firmly in charge of the state. This factor will boost Modu-Sheriff's chances in the race. It will be recalled that Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State openly endorsed Modu-Sheriff for the post. Other Governors, APC bigwigs and allies may still back him ahead of the contest.
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