A reconciliation meeting between feuding Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima and his predecessor and godfather Senator Ali Modu Sheriff ended in a deadlock at the weekend.
Both political gladiators, according to sources, met in Lagos at the behest of National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The governor was accompanied to the meeting by Senator Ali Ndume, his Chief of Staff Abubakar Kyari, Commissioner for Local Government Baba Garbai and Babakura Shettima.
A source said: “On arrival in Lagos, Shettima got a hint that Sheriff was already in Lagos and hence got wind of reason for the invitation as a result, he sent Senator Ndume, Garbai and the ANPP secretary to meet Tinubu and appeal to him to shelve the meeting give the governor time to return to Maiduguri and consult with his supporters but Tinubu insisted that the governor should meet with Sheriff because Sheriff had been in Lagos for four days in anticipation of the reconciliation meeting.
Shettima’s representatives also told Tinubu that Sheriff is not sincere and only wants the reconciliation so he would penetrate the Government and work against the Governor ahead of the elections but Tinubu pleaded that the governor could still meet with him and that as a leader of the APC it was binding on him (Tinubu) to organise the meeting.
Tinubu also told the governor it was up for him to make his own decision during the reconciliation meeting.
Shettima and his delegation met with Sheriff and during the meeting Sheriff complained about some close aides to the governor he said he was not comfortable with.
Shettima for the first time, opened up and told Sheriff the bitter truth about how Sheriff has been secretly undermining the Borno government, how he has been trying to destabilise the State’s restored peace by using his anointed governorship aspirant, Mohammed Imam and some other persons and how sheriff has also been running him down at the APC national headquarters despite his (the Governor’s) sincere loyalty to him as his godfather.
Sheriff denied all the allegations but Shettima and his team disbelieved his position and the governor was visibly angry so much that he excused himself and left the meeting. The meeting ended in a deadlock and it was resolved that another meeting would hold next week in Abuja” the source said.
When contacted, Shettima’s Special Adviser on Communications, Isa Gusau confirmed that a meeting between the governor and his godfather is scheduled for next week in Abuja.
“First of all, let it be on record that governor Shettima didn’t start the fight in the first place; he was the one that was assaulted in his State in the midst of his convoy while he was going about rebuilding the State and reclaiming its lost glory and everybody believes the governor didn’t deserve that affront given the work he has been doing in managing the crisis in Borno by bringing about growing peace and yet, doing a lot of work in all sectors.
The governor is always guided by reason, conscience, fear of God, loyalty to the people of Borno State, loyalty to his party, promotion of unity and cohesion in whatever decision he takes as a good leader. He is studying the whole issue carefully and the people of the State are praying for him and he will take the best decision in the circumstanc