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How Modu Sherriff lobbied to be included in Mrs Buhari’s ‘women campaign team’ after being rejected to serve in Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign Council



In order to remain relevant in the scheme of things as the 2019 presidential election garthers momentum, former national chairman of the PDP, Ali Modu Sherriff, who was recently schemed out of the Buhari 2019 presidential campaign council because he was no longer trusted and considered relevant in the Northeast, has lobbied his way into Aisha Buhari’s 99-man National Advisory Council for the Women and Youth Presidential Campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, Daily Correspondents has exclusively learned.

Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State has been having a running battle with the APC leadership in Borno State since his return to the party in 2018.

His entrance into the APC was viewed with suspicion by the APC leadership in both Borno State and National level as well as President Muhammadu Buhari himself, because Sheriff was seen as a politician who is never to be trusted judging from his antecedents, hence, the recent decision by the APC national headquarters not to draft him into the Buhari 2019 presidential campaign council.

Buhari himself had said several times that his presidential ambitions between 2003, 2007 and 2011 were frustrated due to the presence of moles planted by the opposition into his campaign team. Many in the APC still see Sheriff as a PDP mole.

However, sources privy to the recent happenings told this newspaper that angered by the non-inclusion of his name into the core Buhari 2019 presidential campaign council that comprises of eminent Nigerians, Sheriff, in order to save his face from shame, decided to lobby his way into the Aisha Buhari women and youth campaign team, suggesting rather to serve as a member of the advisory council.

Our source said the inclusion of Modu Sherriff’s name in Mrs Buhari campaign team was an afterthought as the final list was already drawn and about to be made public when the name of Senator Sheriff came up for consideration.

“Sheriff is already angry and has been going about complaining that his name was not included into the Presidential Council list that comprises eminent personalities like Bola Tinubu, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola.

“At a point he was even saying that he was a two time former governor of Borno State and a three time Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, yet his name was not considered but people like Senator Ali Ndume and Arch. Waziri  Bulama made the list but he was not considered. And so, to placate him, he was considered as a member of the Advisory Council of  Mrs Buhari campaign team. That was how he fought his way to the First Lady’s list,” said the source.

Announcing the 99-man squad in a statement signed by the Director of Information to Wife of the President, Suleiman Haruna, Sheriff will serve as a member of the Advisory Council with eminent Nigerians like the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, Pat Utomi, Orji Uzor Kalu and Buba Marwa among top politicians.

The statement equally announced the appointment of wives of the governors of Kogi, Imo, Oyo and Bauchi among others as zonal coordinators for the women campaign team.

“A-Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team has been constituted to support the re-election of President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2019.

“The team will be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the State House Conference Center at 2.00pm,” the statement read.

Leading the team is Aisha Buhari, as Chairperson; Oludolapo Osinbajo, Co-chair; Adejoke Adefulure, Vice Chair (South); Mairo Al-Makura, Vice Chair (North); Salamatu Baiwa Umar – Eluma, National Coordinator, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagu; Dep. Nat. Coordinator – South, and Binta Muazu, Dep. Nat. Coordinator – North.

The zonal leaders according to the statement included Rashida Bello, North Central; Mrs. Hadiza M. Abubakar, North East; Dr. Zainab Bagudu, North West; Mrs. Nkechi Rochas Okorocha, South East; Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, South West and Mrs. Judith Chibuike Amaechi, South South.

Those to serve in the advisory council with the former Borno governor included Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung; the Director-General of Nigerian Custom Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), former IGP Suleiman Abba (rtd), Brig. General Lawal Jafaru Isa and General Abubakar Alkali.

Others are Gen. Buba Marwa, Mohammed Mahmud, Dame Pauline Tallen, Naajatu Mohammed, Prof Pat Utomi, Nasiru Ladan, Col. Abdallah (rtd), AIG Sani Ahmed Daura (rtd), Prince Tonye Princewill, Festus Keyamo, Muiz Banire, Barr. Obla, Amb. Justice Muhammadu Dodo, Amb. Mohammadu Rimi Barade, Amb. Aminu Dalhatu, Amb. Aminu Iyawa, Amb. Baba Jidda, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar, Amb. Deborah Iliya, Amb. Suzanne Aderonke Folarin, Amb. Ayuba Ngbako and Amb. Oji Nyimenuate

Also part of the team are “Terry Waya, Rear Admiral Dutse James, Bashir Ibrahim, Nasiru Danu Dan Amanar Dutse, Al Amin Kamselem, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, Ife Oyedele, Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, Gen. India Garba, Kawu Sumaila, Umar Dambo, Sen Abu Ibrahim, Sam Sam Jaja, Colonel Mohammed Abdul  (Rtd), Engr. Samuel Ajagbe, Igo Aguma, Precious Osaro Ngelale, Saleh Ahmadu.”

Others are “Bello Isa Bayero, Felix Idiga, Dr. Noble Abe, Patrick Pascal, Longes Anyawu, Honor Ihuoma Onyebuchukwu, Yusuf Adamu, Yewande Amusan, Engr. Umar Abubakar, Rilwanu Umar, Mohammed Sani Musa, Agatha Benson, Rabiu Isyaku Rabiu, Ahmed Wadada, Rapheal Ikurusi Sambo, Saidu Uba Malami, Sani Sarkin Gobir, Gambo Lawan Kareto, Suleiman Umar, Cairo Ojougboh, Emma Ejiofo, Betty Nnadi, M.B. Shehu, Bello Waziri, Mokelu Onwa, Fatima Adfa, Gbemi  Saraki, Wada Ibrahim Kawu, Fatima Balla, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagu, Abubakar Umar Gada.

“Faruk Salim, Sullivan Chime, Ovie Omoagege, Terry Okorodudu, Hadi Ukashatu, Mustapaha Habib, Garba Mustapha, Macaulay Aigbe Ojeaga, Gambo Lawan Kareto, Ahmed Gulak, Jessica Ine, Ini Okori, Scott Tommy, Bashir Ibrahim, Maimo Mohammed, Andy Uba, Sani Anka, Iro Dan Puloti, Iliya Saleh, Bello Tukur,” are also in the number that also includes all APC SSAs, SAs, PAs, to the President

To assist the team would be secretariat staff working in the directorate of contact and mobilisation and directorate of operations, among others.

Below are names of members of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 elections, as released last Friday by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

The full list is below:

President Muhammadu Buhari


Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

1. The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.

2. The APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomole

Senator George Akume

Senator Ken Nnamani

His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

Senator A.O. Mamora

Arch. Waziri Bulama

1. Adamu Adamu

2. Dele Alake

a. North West: Senator Aliyu M. Wamakko

b. North East: Senator Muh’d Ali Ndume

c. North Central: Senator Abdullahi Adamu

d. South West: Sola Oke, SAN

e. South East: Sharon Ikeazor

f. South South: Senator Godswill Akpabio

a. Director, Buhari Support Groups – Dr. Mahmoud Mohammed

b. Director, Strategic Communications – Festus Keyamo, SAN

a. Deputy Director- Abike Dabiri- Erewa

c. Director, Contact & Mobilization – Hadiza Bala Usman

a. Deputy Director South -Victor Eboigre

b. Deputy Director North- Senator Bashir Nalado

d. Director, Election Planning & Monitoring – Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN

a. Deputy Director I- Baba Kura Abba Jato

b. Deputy Director II-Chief Emani Ayiri

e. Director, Logistics – Dr. Pius Odubu

a. Deputy Director- Senator Umanah Umanah

b. Deputy Director II- Nasiru Danu

f. Director, Policy Research & Strategy- Prof Abdulrahman Oba

a. Deputy Director- Prof. A.K. Usman

g. Director, Youth Mobilization- Hon. Tony Nwoye assisted by the APC Youth Leader sadiq

a. Deputy Director North- Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed

b. Deputy Director South – Jasper Azuatalam

h. Director, Admin- Onari Brown

a. Deputy Director I- Chris Hassan

b. Deputy Director II- Abubakar Magaji Gasau

i. Director, Women Mobilization- Woman Leader Salamatu Baiwa

a. Deputy Director North – Binta Mu’azu

b. Deputy Director South – Adejoke Orelope Adefulire

j. Director Security – Gen. A. . Dambazzau

a. Deputy Directors – Brigadier General Gambo and Mr. U. Ukoma

k. Director Legal – Emeka Ngige, SAN

a. Deputy Director- Prof. Maman Lawan Yusufari

l. Director Field Opertaions- Mallam Nuhu Ribadu

M. Director Finance – Wale Edun

Deputy Director – Alhaji Adamu Fadan

1. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

2. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

3. Senator Ahmed Lawan (Senate Leader)

4. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila ( Leader of the House )

5. APC Party National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomole

6. Alhaji Aliko Dangote

7. Mr. Femi Otedola


1. Chief Bisi Akande

2. Chief John Oyegun

3. Senator Ita Enang

4. All APC serving Senators

5. All APC serving and former Governors

6. All APC Members of the House of Representatives

7. All members of the National Working Committee of the APC

8. All Zonal Women Leaders

1. Governors are to serve as State Coordinators in their respective states

2. Gubernatorial Candidates in non- APC States will serve as State Coordinators in their respective states.

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