Abuja – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that are allies of President Goodluck Jonathan sponsored the Boko Haram sect and were from within the ruling party.
“The sponsors of Boko Haram are within the PDP and the Presidency. They are known friends of President Jonathan. He knows them and they know him. He cannot pretend not to know who they are and what they have done and are still doing," National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun stated during a Press Conference in Abuja.
His sentiments follow the defection of former Borno State governor Ali Modu Sheriff to the ruling party.
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"He was until recently a member of the party but the party always suspected that he was a mole, planted to hijack or at best weaken the new party for the PDP. He is not new to that role. He helped to decimate his former party to an extent that the number of states under its control fell from seven in 2003 to three by the time he left as Governor," Odigie-Oyegun said.
“We know for sure that Ali Modu Sheriff was planted in the APC to help decimate our party. We confronted him openly during the merger negotiation but he denied vigorously. His surrogate for the post of the Chairman of the APC, Chief Tom Ikimi together with whom they planned to hijack the party for the Presidency was firmly rejected.
"Realizing they have failed, they fled our party and returned to where they came from, and were duly embraced by their controllers.”
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He said President Jonathan cannot pretend not to know the alleged role that Ali Modu Sheriff had played in the establishment and growth of Boko Haram, yet he never allowed him to be questioned by any of the security agencies under his control.
“All through his time with our Party, every time they accused us of sponsoring Boko Haram, on the basis of his presence, we challenged them if they had evidence to arrest any of our members who is suspected to be a sponsor, they never did. They dared not, because Sheriff was their agent. Even if he had remained in the APC after we democratically encouraged him to go, they would still not have arrested him.”
The ruling party, which has previously accused APC of propping the terrorist sect, had not commented at the time of publication.
- CAJ News