“If not for Boko Haram, I would’ve polled 2m votes for Buhari” – Sheriff
Ali Modu Shariff said he would’ve polled 2 million votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in Borno state if not for the activities of Boko Haram militants.
Sheriff made this statement while responding to claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the figure returned for the president in Bornor state were padded and unrealistic considering the security situation in the state.
Sen. Ali Modu Shariff was a governor of Borno state for eight years. He was for years fingered on the rise of the Boko Haram sect in the state. Sheriff, had left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP in 2014 before the 2015 general elections. He however, returned to the party in 2018 after he fell out with the PDP after a protracted legal tussle over the chairmanship of the party.
Figures from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) show that Buhari got 836,496 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar (PDP) who scored 71,788 votes in Borno, forcing PDP supporters to question the figures because of the insecurity in the state.
“I don’t know why the PDP are grumbling. Registered voters are more than two million and we only gave the president 830,000,” Sheriff, who was national chairman of the PDP in 2017, said.
His response to the press reads in parts as follows:
“When I was a governor, the president got over a million votes in Borno. Why didn’t they complain then? They are just crying foul for nothing. This election was the most transparent election that ever took place in the history of Nigeria and I stand to be corrected.
“They should just embrace peace. The president has said that he is going to carry everyone along, they should accept their defeat and replan for 2023 if we are all alive. But this election has been won and won transparently.”