UAE didn’t name Ali-Modu Sheriff as Boko Haram sponsor — Campaign organisation

Campaign director, Ali-Modu Sheriff Campaign Organisation, Victor Lar, has debunked allegations that former governor Ali-Modu Sheriff has links with Boko Haram.

Sheriff, who is a former governor of Borno State, is a frontline All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairmanship aspirant.

Lar told NAN on Sunday that the insinuations that Sheriff’s tenure as APC’s next national chairman if elected, would be characterised by litigations because he had cases with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC) were false.

“Sheriff’s name is not on the list of sponsors of Boko Haram released by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), security agencies have been investigating him since he left office in 2011 and had not found him guilty of the allegations,” he said.

“If he was involved, he would have been arrested or his involvement made public. In any case, I challenge any one with information proving his involvement to come forth with such.

“Having a case with the EFCC means standing trial or being prosecuted. Sheriff is not standing trial. In any case, those alleging should go to EFCC.”

Lar, therefore, dismissed the allegations, saying it was a function of misinformation and a figment of the imagination of those spreading it.

He stressed that Sheriff had never gone to court or taken the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to court, when he was its national chairman as was being insinuated.

Lar explained that Sheriff was not the complainant but the defendant as PDP national chairman, assuring that under his watch as APC’s next national chairman if given the opportunity, there would be no litigations.

“I bet you, there will be no litigations at all. If there will be, the number will definitely reduce because alternative dispute resolution mechanisms will be put in place,” he stressed.

APC’s national convention is slated for February 26.