The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dropped former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, after initially adopting him as its candidate for Borno Central senatorial zone ahead of February general election, according to Sahara Reporters.

Sheriff’s name was conspicuously absent from the final list of senatorial candidates released by INEC on its website. In place of Sheriff, the INEC list contains the name of Muhammad Baba Kachalla, 49, for Borno Central senatorial district.

The PDP didn’t give reasons for dropping Sheriff but it is believed that it may not be unconnected with scandals surrounding the Ex-Governor with respect to allegations made by an Australian negotiator, Stephen Davis, alleging Sheriff was a sponsor of the Boko Haram sect. Sheriff has since denied the allegation while the Department of State Security also gave him a preliminary clearance after it paraded seven men the DSS alleged conspired with Davies to tarnish Sheriff’s image. The DSS had however said that it was still investigating Sheriff.

The PDP had soon after the DSS clearance of Sheriff adopted the Ex-Governor as the party’s Senatorial candidate for Borno central which Sheriff had represented from 1999 to 2003 under the defunct All Peoples Party (APP) that later became All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) before merger with other parties to become the All Progressives Congress (APC). Sheriff contested Borno Governorship as an incumbent Senator in 2003 and won the elections. He was Governor from 2003 to 2011. He defected to PDP in 2014 after failing to take control of the APC that was formed months before his defection.

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