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All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu has confirmed former Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima as the running mate for the 2023 elections.
Naija News reports that Tinubu previously submitted Alhaji Kabiru Masari’s name to INEC as a placeholder. Since then, there has been pressure on the former governor of Lagos State to consider choosing a Christian as his running mate.
However, speculation ended on Sunday after Tinubu arrived in Daura, Katsina state, to pay tribute to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinubu, while briefing the press on his arrival, said Masari had agreed to step down and Shettima is now confirmed as his standard running mate.
New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso said he could normally recommend Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to become Nigeria’s next president.
Although Kwankwaso expressed concerns that Tinubu plans to do differently from what President Muhammadu Buhari has done, he described the former governor of Lagos State as a good man.
He added that they had interacted very well in the past and he had no doubts about Tinubu’s abilities and strategies.
“Usually if I can’t get it, I can recommend it (Tinubu),” he said in an interview with Arise TV on Sunday.
He however urged Tinubu to take good care of his health as campaigning is a rigorous process, advising the APC candidate to take it easy.
The government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed former Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima as Bola Tinubu’s running mate under the All Progressives Congress.
It comes after Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate confirmed Shettima as running mate despite calls against Muslim/Muslim tickets.
President Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in the statement issued on Sunday, noted that Tinubu had informed the President that Shettima had been chosen based on his competence.
The statement read: “All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Sunday in Daura, Katsina State paid Sallah tribute to President Muhammadu Buhari, honoring the President with information on his choice of running mate, Senator Kashim Ibrahim Shettima.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar is set to return to Nigeria and attend the party’s big rally in Osun State.
It is understood that the PDP candidate is cutting short his European trip ahead of the last rally ahead of the gubernatorial election scheduled for Saturday.
Atiku has been out of the country for about three weeks now amid the crisis rocking the PDP over the emergence of Ifeanyi Okowa as a running mate even as some of the PDP leadership has openly expressed their dissatisfaction with the choice. of Okowa and how Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was treated in the saga.
Naija News previously reported that Atiku moved to the UK for his masters convocation at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK.
According to TheCable, the PDP presidential candidate is expected to return to Nigeria from the UK ahead of Osun’s gubernatorial elections.
It is understood that the DPP has made efforts to resolve the crisis within its fold ahead of the Osun poll.
Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu raised eyebrows on Sunday after confirming former Borno State Governor Senator Kashim Shettima, a non-Christian, as his running mate.
Naija News understands that the announcement was received with a flood of reactions as Tinubu’s choice to run narrowed down to a Muslim-Muslim ticket despite several warnings from relevant bodies to consider a Muslim-Christian ticket.
The former Governor of Lagos State said that throughout his life decisions about the team that surrounded and supported him had always been guided by the principles of competence, innovation, compassion, integrity , fairness and adherence to excellence.
Tinubu said his decision to choose Shettima was made after wide consultation.
The APC national leader said he appreciated the perspectives of senior party members, political allies and key national figures “who see the future of Nigeria like me”.
Tinubu said both Muslims and Christians approached him to state their reason for wanting him to choose his running mate of their faith.
The presidential candidate said he considers the arguments on both sides to be correct but neither to be right in the sense that Nigeria needs at the moment.
Tinubu said the belief in prioritizing leadership, competence and the ability to work as a team over other considerations influenced his choice of running mate.
Former Nigerian Senate Speaker Abubakar Bukola Saraki has blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the persistent strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Naija News reports that public universities in Nigeria have been closed for months due to disagreements between the federal government and ASUU leaders.
Speaking to the press after Eid-Al-Kabir prayers in Ilorin, capital of Kwara State, on Saturday, Saraki, who lost the presidential election of the opposition People’s Democratic Party to the Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, said the ASUU strike would not have lasted had it been the ruling PDP.
He pointed out that it was impossible for the strike to last that long, whether in his capacity as Speaker of the Senate or Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum.
Naija News understands that Saraki in a post via his Twitter account earlier, said the lack of compassion from ruling APC members could not be disconnected from the continuation of the protracted ASUU strike.
Peter Obi’s Presidential Campaign Manager, Doyin Okupe, has urged his fellow Nigerians to support the youth in their bid to take back their country after the selection of former Borno State Governor, Senator Kashim.
Shettima as the running mate of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.
Naija News reported earlier that Tinubu in an interview with reporters on Sunday after a closed meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, confirmed Senator Shettima as running mate.
Shettima, who is the senator representing Borno Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, played a crucial role during Tinubu’s campaign to become the APC’s presidential candidate.
The former governor will replace Ibrahim Masari, whose name has been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the ruling party’s interim vice-presidential candidate.
Shortly after the APC national leader confirmed his choice of running mate Okupe via the microblogging platform, Twitter argued that a nation that does not listen to the voices of its youth will lose its future.
He also added that Nigeria had only one term left to crash.
A leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Segun Showunmi, has criticized All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu for choosing a Muslim as his running mate.
Naija News reported earlier that Tinubu on Sunday after a closed meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State confirmed Senator Shettima as his running mate.
Reacting to this, Showunmi wondered whether the APC intends to play purely with the advantage of numbers without caring about national unity and harmony.
Showunmi said the ruling party had made up its mind and had to pay the consequences for its extreme lack of thought.
According to Showunmi, the APC must lose the 2023 elections to allow it to deliver the message that parties that balance their ticket do to inspire national cohesion.
Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum reacted on Sunday as All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu chose Kashim Shettima as his running mate.
Zulum, in his reaction to the development, expressed his excitement over Tinubu’s decision to choose Shettima.
He further said that selecting Shettima as the APC vice-presidential candidate in the 2023 presidential election is the best choice right now.
Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode has advised the Nigerian military to spend more time fighting the terrorists who have turned the country into a killing field.
The head of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was reacting to a press statement issued by the Defense Headquarters on Sunday refuting allegations made against the Nigerian military.
Recall that Fani-Kayode had accused the Nigerian military of refusing to prevent the attack on Kuje Medium Correctional Center despite warnings from the Department of State Services (DSS).
He also accused the army of failing to prevent the attack on the train bound for Abuja-Kaduna on March 28, where many passengers were kidnapped and nine people were killed by terrorists.
Reacting to the allegations, the army blamed the former minister for trying to smear the army and sow bad blood between military personnel and the military high command.
Responding to the DHQ statement, Fani-Kayode said the army’s handling of the challenge of insecurity in the country required his comments.
The former minister said he could not be intimidated by the military high command into telling the truth about the deteriorating security situation in the country.
He said the military cannot impose a culture of silence on Nigerians when it is clear that the leadership of the military has acted below the norm and the truth should be told.