Former Borno State Governor Ali Moudu Sheriff said on Friday in Abuja that his decision to dump the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party was taken in the interest of the country, having served as governor twice and a senator three times, his interest now should be on how to move the nation forward.
Sheriff spoke with State House correspondents shortly after he held a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“Nigeria is a very interesting country and people like us who have benefited from the nation need to pay back.
“By the grace of God, in Borno State, I have been elected governor twice which is the maximum any one can get in terms of the limits imposed by the Constitution. I was elected into the Senate three times. This means that in every aspect of life, I am one of the stakeholders and my interest now should be on how to move the nation forward.
“Our interest should be on what makes the nation move forward. My decision will be guided by the interest of the nation first. My thinking of moving to the PDP is also in the interest of the nation,” he said.
Sheriff however said although he is not a security officer, he would use his experience as a former governor to contribute to ending insurgency in Borno State.
He said, “Nigeria is a big country and Borno is a different state from other states. Borno has the biggest land mass bordering Niger, Chad and Cameroon. It is an open border. Borno is not like the Republic of Benin with only one entrance into Nigeria.”