Abuja - Alleged terror sponsor, who is the former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, said agents of current governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, were responsible for the alleged smear campaign against him.
He said there is a grand plan to embarrass him during his proposed visit to Maiduguri.
Speaking to selected journalists in Maiduguri, a former Information Commissioner in Borno State during the tenure of Sheriff, Inuwa Bwala, said this was a "design by agents of the Borno state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima to embarrass Sheriff, his erstwhile political godfather."
He said information available to Sheriff's team indicated that the governor had "hired some political thugs to carry placards denouncing his benefactor with the intent to embarrass him" during Monday visit to Maiduguri to condole Alhaji Kashim Imam, another political gladiator in the state, over the passing of his mother.
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Bwala revealed that the appropriate security agencies had been alerted and necessary measures may have been taken.
"But it became necessary to call public attention to the unwarranted actions of the governor and his cohorts to cause disaffection and unnecessarily heat up the polity."
Borno authorities could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, Balwa also disclosed that the former governor planned to finalize arrangement for his formal defection to the People's Democratic Party while in Maiduguri.
“Sheriff is not deterred by the smear campaign targeted at his person. We know the sources of the mischief and their sponsors. Sheriff plans to also finalize arrangement for his formal crossover to the PDP while in Maiduguri.”
The former governor has been in the eye of the storm since the self-appointed Australian hostage negotiation Steven Davis alleged that he was one of the major financial backers of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
The allegation of the Australian was later supported by a renowned lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, and recently by the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.
The erstwhile strongman of Borno politics also drew the ire of the public when he was sighted with President Goodluck Jonathan during the latter's official visit to Chad recently.
- CAJ News