Confusion and internal dissent brood among the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the appointment of a former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, as the new chairman of the party.
Senator Sheriff is taking over from Uche Secondus, who managed the party as interim chairman since the resignation of Ahmadu Mu’azu after the 2015 general election.
Mr Sheriff who was the Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, was picked by National Caucus of PDP comprising the governors, members of the National Working committee, NWC and the leadership of the National Assembly.
He was the favoured choice of the twenty nine persons that indicated interest for the position, even as former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu who indicated interest for the position did not show up for the screening.
Mr. Sheriff has already been sworn into office, the spokesperson of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said Tuesday.
Mr. Metuh is expected to address the media shortly.
Mr. Sheriff has been a controversial figure amid allegations that he funded and sponsored the extremist sect, Boko Haram.
An allegation he strongly denied.