- Ali Modu-Sheriff, a former governor of Borno state, visited Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa
- Sheriff's visit on Sunday, October 31, was confirmed by Buhari Sallau, one of the aides to the president
- The chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress posed with Buhari in some photos that have gone viral on social media
Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari met with a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Ali Modu Sheriff at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The photos were shared by Buhari Sallau, the personal assistant to the president on broadcast media on his official Facebook page on Monday, November 1.
According to him, the meeting between the duo took place on Sunday, October 31. Details of their discussions were, however, not disclosed.
This development is coming after the former governor of Borno state had shown interest in the party's national chairmanship position.
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Sheriff said he had been going round the country, making consultations and discussing with leaders of the party of his intentions and aspirations.
The news has generated mixed reactions as some Nigerians speculated whether the former governor is the next national chairman of the APC, while others wondered why the president wasn't in Glasgow.
Joshua Matex Abarshi on Facebook wrote:
"Next APC chairman."
Iliyas Usama Ali wrote:
"PMB in Scotland and PMB in state house !!!!"
Alh Tijjani Imam wrote:
"National chairman to be inshaa Allah."
Abubakar Buba Nyala wrote:
"Next APC National Chairman."
Sagir Garba Mani wrote:
"Keep up the good work."
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The ASO's spokesman, Abdullahi Risky, in a statement on Tuesday, October 12, noted that the former Borno governor is whom the ruling party needs to get to greater heights.
Risky added that the federal lawmaker has the exposure and experience in party politics for the enhancement of the APC's democratic tenets.
Ex-governor reveals APC's plan after Buhari leaves office
Meanwhile, the former governor of Borno said that it is the aim of the APC to remain in power even after 2023.
In fact, Sheriff disclosed that the plan is for the ruling party to hold on to power at the centre for half a century.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Sunday, September 27, the senator added that critical stakeholders of the APC must unite to sustain the party after President Buhari completes his second term.