My Decision To Join PDP Is In The Country’s Best Interest- Ali Modu

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Aug 15th, 2014
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 Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, a former Governor of Borno State,on Friday declared that his decision to join the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party was in the best interest of the nation.

Speaking wih journalists after a meeting a closed door meeting President Goodluck Jonathan, Sheriff said having been elected as state governor twice and a senator three times, his interest is now on how to move the nation forward.

The former governor however said issues relating to the PDP was not discusse at his meeting with the President adding that he had only come on personal grounds.

 “Nigeria is a very interesting country and people like us who the nation has done everything for, both as individuals or collectively, need to pay back.

“By the grace of God, in Borno State, I have been made governor twice which is the maximum any one can get in terms of the limits imposed by the Constitution. I was elected into the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria thrice.

“This means that in every aspect of life, I am one of the stakeholders in Nigeria because if by the help of God, the people of Nigeria had placed me in that position at every time, my interest now should be on how to move the nation forward.

“Our interest should be on what makes the nation move forward. My decisions will be guided by the interest of the nation first. My thinking of moving to the PDP is also in the interest of the nation.

“We believe that every time, as a leader who lead people, you should advise them on the right course of action” he said.

Responding to questions on the activities of the Boko Haram sect in the North, Sheriff noted that the violence by the Boko Haram sect was a serious concern to everybody and all Nigerians must be ready to join hands to solve the problem.

According to him, though he is not a security personnel, he would use his experience as a former governor of the state to help in finding a solution to the insurgency in the state.
“I am not a security man or personnel. Whatever that as civilian I can do using my position as the chief executive of the state for eight years, what I have seen during my tenure I will contribute to the security agencies through whom I got those information.

“What you have to understand is that this country is a big country and Borno State is a different state from any other state in Nigeria.

“Borno has the biggest land mass bordering Niger, Chad and Cameron. It is an open border. Borno is not like the Republic of Benin with only one entrance into Nigeria.

“In Borno, you can enter from 20 different points to the country. Therefore, you need a perfect understanding of the terrain. You need every knowledge that any politician has particularly any politician that operated in Borno state. That is all we can contribute for now” he said.

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