Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: PDP Blames Sheriff for Violence in Borno

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno State has blamed former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff for the crisis in the area and using the commissioner for information to cover his tracks.

The party also exonerated President Goodluck Jonathan for not visiting the crisis torn state.

Speaking to journalists at the party's national secretariat in Abuja, yesterday, the Chairman of Borno PDP, Alhaji Baba Basharu said "since Sheriff lost election, he has sworn not to allow peace to reign in Borno State. He is the chief architect of the crisis in the state and we wonder why he has continued to roam freely without being arrested or prosecuted.

"I think you are carried away and you have forgotten that it is not only in Borno state that something happened. I am expanding this to show you why the President is not at fault if he did not go to Borno.

"The ANPP is worried that the President has not come, but we are not worried as such. If the President thinks it is important for him to visit Borno, he is welcome, but you know that there has been Kalari in Gombe. But I think people have forgotten a lot of things.

There was the Sarasuka in Bauchi and Kano, I can go on and recount what happened? You know how a President can be, his own brother of the same family died yesterday, the man has to fly out, so how will you pick this kind of thing just to try to pull down somebody who is trying to build this country, because he did not go to Maiduguri so what?

"I don't believe this is an issue. What is the preoccupation of President Goodluck Jonathan is to administer Nigeria and not to go to Maiduguri or go to Gombe to look at Kalari or to go to Bauchi to look at Sarasuka. How many people died in Sarasuka?

He denied the allegations by the Borno state Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Mr. Inuwa Bwala, that the PDP was responsible for the killings in Borno state and that nobody in the PDP from the state has been killed since the crisis began, and said that the allegations were wicked, irresponsible, baseless and a figment of the imagination of the commissioner, and pointed out that more than 10 people who were of the PDP had been killed since the crisis started.

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