In another twist in the lead up to next year’s election, Ali Modu Sheriff, former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been named the director-general of “Buhari 2019 presidential support committee”.
According to Gideon Sammani, senior special assistant to the president on political matters, the committee is made up of 35 members in the support committee, 10 in the national advisory committee, five members of national patrons with Buhari as the grand patron.
“In preparation for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019, the Presidential Support Committee, Buhari 2019 has appointed eminent Nigerians to the national working committee of the organisation,” Mr Sammani said Friday.
“The prominent individuals were selected after the APC national convention to build on the momentum of the success to step up preparation within the hierarchy and ranks and file of the party to fully support President Muhammadu Buhari to continue with his programmes and policies for the upliftment and advancement of the country with the manifesto of the APC.”
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Boss Mustapha, secretary to government of the federation, Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC, are among the national patrons of the committee, while Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi remains the director-general of the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO).
Sheriff had been dismissed as an APC mole during his stint as PDP chairman, and his defection to the Buhari camp wouldn’t surprise many.