Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is moving fast to take hold of the structure of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the northeast, findings have revealed.
His interest in returning to the ruling party, according to report, is not unconnected with the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and the belief within APC that he could mobilise the north-east in support of the agenda.
Reports reaching Newspot Nigeria are indicating that the former governor of Borno state had held crucial meetings with top shots of the ruling party, working on an agenda to emerge as the party’s leader in the north-east with Borno State as his base.
Sheriff had met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the APC National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun last week in Abuja and is yet to officially confirm whether or not he is set to move into the ruing party.
There signals, however, that the plans by Sheriff to take over APC in his zone has started causing ripples amid counter efforts by his opponents to frustrate all his moves.
Sheriff has not been in good terms with the governor of his State, Kashim Shettima who is said to be fully in charge of APC in Borno State as the governor is said to have created the pressure that forced Sheriff to move out of the APC into the PDP almost two years ago.
Sheriff ran into stormy waters in the PDP when the Supreme Court put an end to his reign as the Chairman after recognising Ahmed Makarfi as the lawful leader of the opposition party.
There are reports that Sherif after a meeting with the Vice President and the National Chairman of APC capped his underground scheming with on plan to fully return into APC with a meeting with Mallam Abba Kyari, the President’s Chief Of staff.
His meeting with Abba Kyari, as reported is a prelude to his meeting with President Buhari, which sources said would be arranged any moment.
APC leaders who are scheming to bring back Modu Sheriff, according to reports are those who believed that he could be relied upon to help work out the return of President Buhari to power in 2019.
As explained in the corridors of power, Sheriff could assist in checkmating the growing influence of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in the north-east on his ambition to contest the 2019 Presidential election.
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