The national auditor of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, has condemned allegations that the new national chairman of the PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has links with the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
Adeyanju, in a statement, said the allegations were raised by faceless people as part of plots to discredit PDP before Nigerians and the international community.
“It is being erroneously speculated in some quarters that our new national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, is a Boko Haram sponsor. Let those speculating this, come out with concrete evidence and if they don’t have one, they should keep quiet and stop spreading such dangerous rumour.”
“We are very much aware that some elements are jittery over PDP’s decision to pick him as its new national chairman and the only way out for them is to label him as Boko Haram sponsor, they can not succeed in their new plot because the government would have arrested and charged him to court as it had done to a serving Senator in the National Assembly during the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the trial is still in progress. They can see PDP’s star rising high again in the northern parts of the country.’’
Meanwhile, the PDP Governors Forum has asked the new national chairman of the PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff not to be distracted by what they call ‘diversionary attacks’ that will arise over his emergence.
The PDP governors, however, expressed confidence in his ability to reposition the party and make it more inclusive.
The governors of the PDP in a statement in Abuja said the former Borno governor emerged chairman after a careful selection process.
A statement signed by the coordinator of the forum, Mr. Osaro Onaiwu, said: ‘‘The forum is solidly behind and will deploy its support to ensure that our shared vision for our party is realized as we prepare for 2019.
“It should interest you that the present regime has demonstrated that it is not ready for power, it is therefore an opportunity for your tenure to show that the PDP remains the only truly national party that can redress the fumbling and serial inconclusiveness of several programmes and agendas of the APC.”
The statement further added that, “Sheriff is coming on the job with immense wealth of experience and will no doubt use his vast network to rebuild the party, restore members’ confidence and act as a counterfoil to the many antics of the present APC regime.”