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 Tinubu Unveils Running Mate, Jettisons Masari -Picks Senator Kashim Shettima
July 10, 2022

Tinubu Unveils Running Mate, Jettisons Masari -Picks Senator Kashim Shettima

Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, 2023 presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided on a former banker as his choice of running mate.

The source said Tinubu would make the name of the candidate public this week.

“The vice-presidential nominee may most likely be a former governor and senator from the Northeast part of Nigeria.  The person is also by accident of birth a Muslim, confirming what Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said on Saturday that Tinubu had settled for a Muslim-Muslim ticket,’’ the source said.

Another source said that the Senator Kashim Shettima, the immediate past governor of Borno State is the running mate to be picked. The Source added that in picking the running mate, Tinubu was not thinking about religion, but about competence, exposure and intellectual depth of the candidate.

“The considerations given for the choice of a running mate were dictated by the need to choose an individual capable of working with the presidential candidate to take Nigeria to greater heights,’’ the source said.

Tinubu is scheduled to pay Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina, on Sunday to brief him on his choice of Shettima as running mate. Shettima was until his entry into politics, the Assistant General Manager, Zenith Bank in the Northeast. It was from that position he was appointed Commissioner in the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff government and subsequently emerged as governor in 2011.

Tinubu who served for two terms as governor of Lagos State won APC’s presidential ticket at the party’s June 8 special national convention and presidential primary election.

Tinubu before the choice of the former banker turned banker, had earlier chosen Ibrahim Kabiru Masari, as placeholder for the vice-presidential slot.

Tinubu was away in France from June 27 on a short vacation during which he held some strategic meetings. He returned to Nigeria on Saturday early enough for Sallah festivities. (NAN)

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