Coalition Alleges Plot Against Ex-Borno Gov Shettima by APC Chiefs

Coalition Alleges Plot Against Ex-Borno Gov Shettima by APC Chiefs

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A group, Coalition of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Good Governance in Nigeria (COCMEGG), has raised the alarm over alleged plan by some aggrieved chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno state to unleash a “devilish campaign” against a former governor of Borno state, Sen. Kashim Shettima.

Its president, Comrade Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, said the chieftains who were still aggrieved with the outcome of the 2019 governorship elections “are re-grouping ahead of 2023 elections.”

Aigbegbele, who raised the alarm in a statement issued Thursday in Abuja, said chieftains had planted “a mischievous allegation in the social media,” claiming that former Governor Kashim Shettima had been boasting of being worth of $900 million in cash.

The statement read in part, “Since December, 2019, a group of seven chieftains of the APC in Borno state, five of whom are former public office holders and two of them in public service, have been making frantic efforts against one of their own, former Governor Kashim Shettima. Their main grievance is the outcome of the 2019 governorship election in Borno, and ahead of 2023.

“My particular concern is the fact that these chieftains have been shopping for civil societies they can recruit for their evil mission. The group has recruited two experts on ICT and social media engagements and has also gone far in trying to register a pseudo civil society platform they call North-east Vanguard Against Corruption and Bad Governance, with the singular objective of leading vicious media campaigns against the former governor and the current administration in Borno state.

“Their number one aim is to have Kashim Shettima humiliated whether by the EFCC and ICPC or by losing at the polls in 2023 should he seek re-election for the Borno central senatorial seat which he now occupies.”