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‘’Democracy in literature is the reverse of all this. It wishes to know and tell the truth, confident that consolation and delight are there; it does not care to paint the marvellous and impossible for the vulgar many, or to sentimentalise and falsify the actual for the vulgar few’’
- William Dean Howells –
(Criticism and fiction 1891) Senator, Ali Modu Sheriff born in 1956 in Ngala town, L.G.A. Borno State, a son of an astute business tycoon Galadima Modu Sheriff. He is an epitome of a political gladiator whose match is still to be found in North –East Nigeria with high level profile of holding sway through the political tides of the region till now. Elected Senator for Borno central under the platform of United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) under the Abacha military regime. He joined the ANPP and was again elected a senator in 1999 after serving one term; he ran for the position of Governorship In 2003 and won defeating the seating Governor at primaries where he then served his two terms.
At the inception of the current political escapade earlier this year 2014 he migrated along party decisions to join the newly formed All Progressive Congress (APC) as it is a decision of his party ANPP which he engaged holistically, no sooner had he moved did he know he was with birds of strange fellows; as a man of the people he subjected himself to a critical and objective consultation which necessitated the migration of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his followership to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
With a vast history of political success; it will be foolhardy to undermine the enigmatic political capabilities of SAS as he is fondly called by fans, he wielded his political powers through his extreme philanthropy, enmeshed in expedient benevolence. It is thought provoking to note that it requires great political knowledge of a state with a population of over 4.6 million to be a determinant for almost all 16 years engagement it thus suffice charisma, dogmatism and ebullience. What is more Borno State is a melting–pot with a threshold of diverse culture which makes the political scenario a wit and wisdom game.
Ali Modu Sheriff was instrumental to the merger process of ANPP, ACN, CPC and part of APGA; his wealth of experience was deployed to give the process its due relevance in the North –East; if you recount the whole structure of the Borno political enclave ranging from Governor through House of Assembly down to Local Government Councils are all beneficiaries of Ali Modu Sheriff’s political expediency.
The purported and unfounded claims of certain elements whose positions and knowledge of politics remains shallow, that SAS is a sponsor of the Boko Haram terrorist group is a distorted political assertions aimed at assassinating the character of SAS; as you cannot correlate his effort in opening a foreign sponsored library in 2007 and sponsoring a group opposed to western education; if you juxtapose these two positions your conclusions will be in conformity with mine; it is a campaign of calumny.

A political stalwart as he is and much reflected in his political style; the entrant of SAS into PDP will be of great benefit to the party as you cannot underestimate the political values of his magnitude; indeed SAS has been a shot-caller in the political process of Borno State far before 1999 till date. In 1990 he joined the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) and later crossed from SDP to National Republican Convention (NRC) he became a member of constitutional conference and chaired the committee on states and local government. Since then SAS has never rested on his oars, he was quick to establish formidable and functional machinery with regional peculiarity. It is a dawn of a new beginning for the North-East Nigeria as his new move could generate a unified voice against insecurity in the state in particular and region in general as his coming to PDP is an amalgamation of the former opposition party in the state (PDP) and the entire supporters in his former party APC.

In a situation like this very one at hand, one would expect Governor Shettima to consult wisely and take a bold step by joining his political god-father in the ruling party PDP if he must remain relevant in the politics of Borno State, North East and Nigeria at large; the political weight of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is of critical imperative to the party and will sure do shape the outcome of 2015 general elections and for those who chooses to remain blindfolded by shallow political propaganda; they will sure be consumed by their self-imposed resignation and psychological fatalism; indeed for the politics of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff holds the four aces!

Sani Baba Ahmed
BB & Whittle Communications

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