The former ruling party in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party PDP, has named Mr Ali Sheriff As its substantive Chairman. Mr Sheriff is the former governor of Borno State and a former Senator of the federal Republic of Nigeria.
The People's Democratic Party who has assumed the position of Nigeria’s biggest opposition party, was only defeated in May 2015 after holding power for 16 years.
Ali Sheriff replaces Ahmadu Mu’azu, who resigned immediately after the polls, due to pressure coming from the party's governor's forum. He has been a controversial figure amid allegations he funded and sponsored the extremist sect, Boko Haram. However, he has vehemently denied this allegation.
The spokesperson for PDP, Olisa Metuh, who addressed journalists at the Abuja’s Wadata plaza secretariat of the party, on Tuesday, said all organs of the party, including, the national caucus, PDP governors’ forum and the national assembly caucuses agreed on the choice of Mr. Sherffi, who is also a former senator.
Mr. Metuh said the decision would be communicated to the Board of Trustees and subsequently, the National Executive Committee, NEC, for ratification before a formal announcement would be made.
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