Indications have emerged that the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), may ban former governor of Borno State Sen Ali Modu Sheriff over unruly conduct, as he almost turned the party’s 9th Interim National Executive Committee meeting (NEC), which held on Tuesday 18th March in Abuja to a war zone.
Mr. Ali Modu Sheriff whose behaviour sources describe as unbecoming of a party leader, launched a verbal attack on former Lagos Governor and chieftain of the party Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the latter’s comment. Asiwaju had earlier in the meeting warned party members to stop romancing with the ruling People’s Democratic Party. Tinubu warned some of the party leaders present at the meeting, accusing them of flip flopping and dancing with the PDP.
Sources in the meeting revealed to The Paradigm that the former Lagos governor might actually be referring to past Ogun State Governor Chief Olusegun Osoba, who is being suspected for anti-party activities.
Having heard this warning, Sen. Sheriff felt offended, thinking the warning was hauled at him. He went on to make several derogatory comments, with all pleas turning on deaf hear. “He kept shouting and insulting” the source told The Paradigm.
General Buhari, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and others tried to calm Sen. Sheriff down but it failed. Tinubu kept quiet. General Buhari intervened with stern comments about Sheriff’s comments and behavior.
Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, is said to have a running battle with his successor in office, Gov. Kashim Shettima. Ever since the formation of the APC in the state, the former governor has been struggling to hijack the party structure handed over to the governor by the party leadership.
The NEC meeting was attended by members of the party’s interim national leadership led by Chief Bisi Akande, governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Dr Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State. National leaders of the party that were also in attendance included Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, General Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Ali Modu Sheriif, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Senator Bukola Saraki, Senator Abubakar Goje and other members of the National Interim Executive of the party.