The All Progressives Congress, APC, has debunked the news that the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo held a meeting with former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff at Aso Rock Villa on Thursday.
It was widely reported on Thursday that Modu-Sheriff met with Osinbajo and Odigie-Oyegun, in a bid to join the APC.
However, in a statement he issued on Friday, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the news was a mere speculation.
Abdullahi said Odigie-Oyegun only met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and was not aware or part of any meeting with Osinbajo and Modu-Sheriff at the presidential villa.
Said Abdullahi: “For the records, the APC national chairman only met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
“He was not aware neither was he part of the reported meeting between the Vice President, H.E. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, and a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
“The APC national chairman did not visit the vice president on the day in question and has equally not met Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in over two years.”
Abdullahi said speculating that the visits of the two men had a link with alleged plan of Modu-Sheriff to join the APC, was a bid to cause confusion in the APC.
His words: “Linking the APC national chairman’s visit to the Aso Rock Villa to media reports of Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff’s plans to join the APC is an effort to cause confusion and disaffection in the party in Borno State.
“It should be noted that the membership of the APC is negotiated at the ward level of intending entrants, irrespective of status.”