Ali Modu Sheriff

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Ali Modu Sheriff
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Ali Modu Sheriff opening a foreign sponsored library in Maiduguri, 2007.
Chairman of the PDP National Working Committee
In office
16 February 2016 – 21 May 2016
Preceded by Uche Secondus (Acting)
Succeeded by Ahmed Makarfi (Caretaker)
Senator for Borno Central
In office
May 29, 1999 – May 29, 2003
Governor of Borno State
In office
May 29, 2003 – May 29, 2011
Preceded by Mala Kachalla
Succeeded by Kashim Shettima
Personal details
Born 1956
Ngala Town, Ngala LGA, Borno State, Nigeria
Political party All Progressive Congress (2018– )
People's Democratic Party (2014–2018)
All Progressives Congress (2013–2014)
All Nigeria People's Party (1999–2013)

Ali Modu Sheriff is a Nigerian politician. He is Borno State's first governor to serve two consecutive terms (2003–2011).[1] Though Sheriff had held two elected offices as a member of All Nigeria People's Party, he would later join the All Progressives Congress becoming a founding member of that party. In 2014, Sheriff switched affiliation to the People's Democratic Party.[2][3] He acted as the National Working Committee chair from 16 February 2016 until the National Convention, when he was removed and replaced by Ahmed Makarfi.[4][5] On the 26th of April 2018 he defected back to All Progressive Congress [6]


Ali Modu Sheriff was born in Ngala Town, Ngala Local Government Area, Borno State in 1956. His father was the business tycoon Galadima Modu Sheriff. He attended Government Secondary School, Bama (1974–1979). He attended the London School of Business, where he studied Insurance, Banking and Finance. In 1981, he joined his father's construction company as a Director, later becoming Managing Director. In 1985, he registered his first company. His companies include Meroil Organisation and Union Chase.[7]

He was elected as a senator from Borno during the Third Nigerian Republic under the banner of NRC, his opponent then was Kolo Kingibe, wife of the SDP chairman, Babagana Kingibe.[8] He was also a member of the Constitutional Conference and chaired the committee on states and local government.[1]

Senate career[edit]

Ali Modu Sheriff was elected Senator representing Borno Central on the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) during General Sani Abacha's military regime. After democracy was restored, in April 1999 he was again elected Senator, Borno Central on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).[1]

Governor of Borno State[edit]

In 2003, he ran for Governor of Borno State on the ANPP platform and won. He was re-elected in 2007 and sworn in on 29 May 2007. In both cases, he defeated the PDP candidate Kashim Ibrahim-Imam.[9]

PDP National Working Committee[edit]

During 2014, Sheriff switch affiliation to the People's Democratic Party. On 16 February 2016, he became the chairman of PDP National Working Committee (acting), serving until his removal from office at the 2016 National Convention. He was replaced by Ahmed Makarfi as Caretaker Chairman.

PDP Crisis[edit]

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday 17 February 2017 declared former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In July, 2017 following the verdict from a five man Apex Court, Ali Modu Sheriff was removed as the PDP Chairman and Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi reinstated as the National Chairman of PDP. [10][11][12]


He has been accused of being a sponsor to the Islamic sect Boko Haram by an Australian hostage negotiator Stephen Davies.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c "Governor Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno State". Nigeria Governors Forum. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "We'll replace Buhari in 2019; nothing will stop us, PDP Chairman, Sheriff, vows". Premium Times. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Ali Modu Sheriff Defects to PDP,Will Ikimi Join Him?". News Diary Online. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. ^ Ernest Chinwo (21 May 2016). "PDP Throws Out Sheriff, Markarfi Heads Caretaker Committee". Thisday. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Ex-Borno Governor, Modu Sheriff, Sworn in As PDP Chairman". AllAfrica. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  6. ^ "JUST IN: Ex-PDP chair, Ali Modu Sheriff, defects to APC". Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  7. ^ "Governor - Dr. Ali Modu Sheriff". Borno State Government. Archived from the original on September 9, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "Borno: Younger Sheriff's Guber Bid Creates Tension". Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  9. ^ Mohammed Gujbawu (November 28, 2009). "Borno PDP: The enemy from within". Daily Trust. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
  10. ^ Herald, Premium (2017-07-12). "Supreme Court sacks Sheriff, reinstates Makarfi as PDP chairman". The Premium Herald. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  11. ^ "BREAKING: Supreme Court sacks Sheriff, reinstates Makarfi as PDP chairman". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  12. ^ "Supreme Court sacks Sheriff, declares Makarfi authentic PDP leader - Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  13. ^ Sani Tukur (September 3, 2014). "Ex-Gov Sheriff, accused of sponsoring Boko Haram, ready to face justice". Archived from the original on September 11, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  14. ^ Femi Falana (September 4, 2014). "How Modu Sheriff Sponsored Boko Haram". Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014.

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