The National Leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu-Sheriff, who has expressed his desire to join the ruling party in Abuja, to do so at his ward.
Sheriff was scheduled to storm the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja by noon on Thursday with his supporters, where he would have declared for the party but was turned back.
He was billed to be received by the National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun and other members of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC.
However, it was observed that none of the national officers of the party was on ground to receive the former Governor of Borno State.
This action, it was gathered, was an indication to Modu-Sheriff and his supporters that the party was not favourably disposed to his joining the party.
A three-paragraph statement was, however, issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Bolaji Abdullahi, in which he directed Modu-Sheriff to join the party in his ward.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to reports in some sections of the media that the former factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff plans to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, today at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
“While we are aware of such intentions, we wish to restate our earlier position that anyone who wants to join the Party should do so at the ward level.
“We are happy to welcome new members to our party, but membership cards are not issued at the Party National Secretariat.”