- Senator Kashim Shettima has called on APC members to allow Bola Tinubu to contest the 2023 presidential election
- According to him, the party should return the favour they received from the former Lagos state governor
- Going further, he revealed that Bola Tinubu should not be judged using his ability to lift a bag of cement
In a message that would amuse many Nigerians, Senator Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno state, has disclosed that the ability to carry a bag of cement should not be equated to the ability of constructively using one's brain.
Shettima who said this when he chaired a nationwide conference of the Tinubu Support Groups (TSG) held in Abuja insisted that 2023 is payback time for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Daily Trust reports.
The former governor tackled those who are saying Tinubu is unfit to be the country’s president due to ill-health, the Punch Newspaper added.
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“The mark of true leadership isn’t the ability to lift a bag of cement. It’s the mental effort to think rationally of solutions designed to redeem one’s people and territorial jurisdiction."
APC should zone presidential ticket to the south
According to him, none of the 2023 presidential aspirants has made more sacrifices to the growth of the nation’s democracy than Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state.
He argued that for the sake of equity, fairness and justice, APC should zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the south and give Tinubu the right of first refusal.
Shettima also described Tinubu as a tested, accomplished and large-hearted leader who has invested his resources in building an extensive network of political mentees who have risen to the peak of their careers.
“And who is better qualified? Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu should be given the choice of first refusal. More than any other person, he has sacrificed more for this democracy; for the APC."
Tension as APC governors split over February national convention date
There have been disagreements between members of the APC on whether the national convention should be postponed or held in February.
The bickering among party stakeholders has now divided governors who were supposed to meet and decide on a substantive date for the party’s convention.
Emerging reports indicate that the meeting which is expected to put a specific date to the APC convention will now hold on Wednesday, January 12.
APC governors give the final say on convention, decide Buni's fate
APC governors have decided to hold the party's national convention in February.
However, the ruling party's governors during the meeting held in Kebbi state did not fix a date in February for the convention.
The governors and other stakeholders in the party also hailed Governor Mai Mala Buni and gave a vote of confidence in his leadership.
The Nigerian governors under the platform of the APC met on Sunday, January 16, to decide on the date for the party's national convention.
The long-awaited meeting was held at the lodge of Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state.