Abuja - The Senator Ali Sheriff Vanguard, a Maiduguri-based, group has called on members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno State to adopt younger brother of the erstwhile governor as a consensus gubernatorial candidate.
The group, which is aligned to ex-governor, Ali Sheriff said adopting his younger brother would break the jinx which have continually seen the party coming second at elections in the state since the inception of present democratic rule in 1999.
The group, in a statement in Maiduguri by Babagana Modu and Abubakar Gulumba, the Chairman and Secretary, respectively said it would be a "fait accompli" if the crops of aspirants on the party platform rally round support for Mala Sheriff.
They said Mala could easily tap into the goodwill of his brother across the state to win election for the party in the state.
“As supporters of our great leader, grass root politician and former governor of Borno state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, we advise all Borno PDP governorship aspirants to step down and adopt the younger brother of our dynamic leader, Mala Sheriff as the party’s consensus gubernatorial candidate for the 2015 elections," said the group.
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"This is in the interest of party cohesion and to compensate our esteemed party members for their loyalty since 1999”.
According to them, Mala Sheriff as a former Commissioner of Finance is a tested and trusted hand who can deliver Borno state to the Peoples Democratic Party."
Officials claimed that the likes of former Presidential Liaison Officer, Kashim Imam, Gambo Lawan, Former Federal Capital Territory Ministers Mohammed Abba Gana and Ibrahim Bunu, Mohammed Kumalia and former Works Minister Sanusi Daggash were "nothing, but, dead wood that has lost political relevance."
“These individuals cannot deliver their wards, not to talk of their household to the party. The stakes are high for Borno in this elections, as we cannot afford to lose out bearing in mind that Senator Sheriff has promised to make use of his closeness to the Boko Haram leadership to end the insurgency if a PDP government is voted into power in Borno State."
They said adopting Mala Sheriff as the consensus candidate will put an end to the infighting within the party.
This infighting has caused the party the governorship elections three times.
“This is in line with a popular saying that once beaten, twice shy, Borno PDP cannot allow itself to be beaten the fourth time having been beaten twice. We believe the people of Borno have suffered enough that rallying round Senator Ali Sheriff as the political messiah is the answer to a new and prosperous state.”
- CAJ News