Against all expectations yesterday, Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, said the relationship between him and his predecessor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, remained cordial.
The governor was rumoured to be at daggers drawn with his predecessor and godfather, Sheriff after Friday’s sacking of a Commissioner and three Senior Special Advisers believed to be loyal to former governor.
But addressing the stakeholders of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Shettima said the former governor remained a father to all and that he at no time had problems with him.
He urged rumour mongers to desist from their enterprise, insisting that there was no rift between him and Sheriff and that they still were on the same page, working towards the progress of the party.
According to Shettima “Power comes from God and he decides to give it to whom He feels like. I am not the best in the state, and no matter the classification, there are people that are better than me.”
Adding that he does not get intoxicated by power, he said: “You will spend more years out of power than in power, at most I will spend eight years in office and I will be just over 50 years old but I pray to live till old age.”
He added that: “We (APC) are one big family, let there be fairness at the congress,” admonishing that: “We are a success story, let us not allow for failure. The PDP are waiting in the wing and will capitalise on our mistakes to push us out.
“We should do everything to succeed and continue to be a success story. We should not allow anyone to say of us that we are the ruling party in the state and we cannot organise our congress.”
Earlier, the Interim Chairman of the party in the state, Senator Kaka Mallam Yale, noted that with the large turnout and the calibre of people at the meeting, it showed that they were ready to support the party.
He said this must be made to manifest in the fortune of the party at the elections slated for the future, while assuring the party stalwarts sent to supervise the congress that: “We will cooperate fully with you to ensure the success of this exercise.”
The Chairman of the state congress committee, Hon. Farouk Adamu Aliyu, told the party faithfuls that they were there to work with them for the interest of the party. “We shall make sure we go through consensus. Where we do not have consensus we shall hold election and it is hoped the loser will accept his or her defeat.”
He said that the congress had to be shifted to Tuesday because materials were given to them on Friday and they got to Borno on Saturday.
He added that since the banks will be opened on Monday anybody interested in contesting should go and pay at the bank for their forms.