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EFCC beams searchlight on Sheriff over PDP campaign funds

Sheriff blames Jonathan for PDP's woes in Borno, Yobe

It appears the searchlight of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on people with allegation of corruption, has finally caught up with Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

He has been invited to the Maiduguri office of the anti-graft body for questioning.

Although the reason for his invitation  is not yet known, a reliable source disclosed to Ripples Nigeria that Sheriff was invited in connection with the 2015 PDP presidential campaign funds.

Other likely reasons for his invitation, our source revealed, may not be unconnected with some allegation of corruption during his days as Borno State governor and other activities, like the alleged sponsorship of Boko Haram which he has often denied.

Some Nigerians see his invitation for questioning in the commission’s office in Maiduguri and not in Abuja as a ploy to nail him with some allegations of corruption as the governor of the state.

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It will be the second time in June that he will be dealing with the EFCC, after turning himself in to the agency earlier in the month, in connection with alleged misappropriation of parts of the N300 billion Borno State received from the federation account while he was governor between 2003 and 2011.

The EFCC invitation is coming just as Sheriff is facing stiff opposition from some leaders of his party. Sheriff after he was deposed of his position as the PDP chairman, during the party’s convention recently in Port Harcourt, went to court to contest his ouster.

Precisely on May 21, the national working committee, NWC, of the Sheriff-led PDP was dissolved at a national convention in Port Harcourt.

Following the dissolution of the NWC, a caretaker committee chaired by Ahmed Makarfi, former governor of Kaduna state, was set up to lead the party temporarily‎.

But Sheriff has refused to recognise the new leadership, maintaining that he is still the national chairman of the party.

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