A trekker, Muhammed Isa, 32, has once again embarked on a walk from Lagos to Abuja, this time, in solidarity with the Ali-Modu Sheriff’s leadership of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Isa, who started the walk from Berger footbridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, told newsmen before departing at about 9.12 am that youths of the party support Sheriff as the PDP chairman.
“I am on solidarity trek from Lagos to Abuja to show my support and the support of youths to Sheriff as the authentic national Chairman of PDP,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that internal leadership squabbles had factionalised PDP with Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi leading the other faction.
Isa, a graduate of Psychology, claimed that the youth felt that Sheriff was the best person to manage the affairs of the party.
“I want to make something clear, Ali-Modu Sheriff is someone who is honest and listens to grassroots politicians; he has been working tirelessly to ensure that PDP regains its lost glory.
“This is the type of person we need as a leader to move the party forward,’’ he said.
The indigene of Borno said he hoped to finish the trek within 23 days.
“I have already planned my journey, I will be trekking from morning to evening, wherever dusk meets me, I look for an accommodation there.
“After morning prayers, I will resume trekking,’’ he said.
Asked about the security measures he has in place, Isa said he had none but believes that God is with him.
“I believe with Allah on my side, no evil will befall me because I am not doing something that is bad or injurious to the country,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Isa also trekked when former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, conceded defeat on March 28, 2015 President Muhammadu Buhari.
Then, he trekked from the same Berger area of Lagos to Abuja with the reason that Jonathan made a great sacrifice for the unity of the country.
“The fact that I am a Muslim does not mean that I should not celebrate Jonathan for the sacrifice he made for this country by accepting defeat.’’
Isa, who expressed optimism that he would meet the then President and present him an award then, however, said that “if I did not see him, I don’t care.
“If I die on the road, I still believe that I die for what is right,’’ he said during the trek that began on May 6.