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Opinion: One Former Governor APC Must Not Use As National Chairman

The All Progresives Congress (APC) will soon go to poll to elect an authentic national chairman of the party barely a year after the shocking removal of Adams Oshiomole.

Since the removal of the former Edo State governor, the political party is being led by a caretaker Committee headed by the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni.

The Mai Mala Buni-led committee was inaugurated in June, 2020 and part of the assignments given to the committee is the conduct of the new election for the emergence of a national chairman.

A number of politicians have been eyeing the top job in the APC and definitely it will be in the hands of a strong man who can pool resources together. But the political party must be very careful in its choice of a national chairman or else its chances will be in jeopardy in 2023 when the country goes to poll again.

The former Borno State governor Ali Modu Sheriff will be a square peg in a round hole. It will be a serious mistake if the APC makes Sheriff its national chairman.

The former governor had been in at least three different political parties since 1999 when the country returned to democracy.

Initially, Sheriff was in the defunct All Nigeria People Party (ANPP). It was the platform that made him governor of Borno State. That is not the problem.

The issue is that just because Sheriff had issues with his successor in Maiduguri, he left the ANPP. Both Sheriff and Kashim Shettima were at loggerheads, and Sheriff dumped the ANPP for the People's Democratic Party (PDP). That has been his styles.

The All Progresives Congress needs an individual who has been with the party from the outset. And that person must not have been a member of the main opposition party, the PDP. A politician like Ali Modu Sheriff can easily leave the party if things go wrong or there is a minor crisis. Mr. Sheriff only joined the APC in 2018, which is too short a time.

While addressing journalists and a crowd that came to welcome him in Yobe State, the former national chairman of the PDP said that he would contest for the job if it is zoned to the northeast, where Borno is located.

He said, “If it goes to another zone, I will not contest. But if it stays in our zone, I will contest."

The All Progresives Congress leaders must find ways to stop Sheriff. And they can do that by not zoning the ticket to the northeast zone.

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