2023 Presidency: Finally, Tinubu Chooses Muslim Running Mate, Unveiling in Few Days

2023 Presidency: Finally, Tinubu Chooses Muslim Running Mate, Unveiling in Few Days

  • Seems like the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) will be settling for a Muslim-Muslim ticket heading into the 2023 election
  • Emerging reports have confirmed that Tinubu has selected a Muslim candidate ahead of the presidential polls
  • It is believed that Tinubu will be visiting President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, July 10 to inform him

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has decided on his choice of running mate, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

As gathered by Legit.ng, a source in the ranks of the Tinubu Campaign Organisation made this known on Sunday, July 10.

Bola Tinubu
Bola Tinubu during a keynote address at the 60th birthday of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila said he was still searching for a running mate. Photo: Bola Tinubu
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The source who pleaded anonymity the APC bannerman will be unveiling his vice-presidential candidate within the new week.

The source said:

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“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."

According to the source, the decision of Tinubu to settle for a Muslim running was not informed by religious sentiment rather it was based on the premise of competence, exposure and intellectual depth of the candidate.

The source said:

“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."

Meanwhile, Tinubu has been billed to pay a Sallah visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in his home town in Daura Katsina on Sunday, July 10 where he is expected to brief the president of his choice of candidate.

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However, Tinubu's choice might not be a major surprise to many as there have been hints from the major party stalwarts that he (Tinubu) will settle for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

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Recall that Legit.ng had earlier reported that the governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, had hinted that Tinubu will be opting for a Muslim running mate.

Tinubu had picked Alhaji Kabir Ibrahim Masari, a Katsina politician, as a placeholder in order to meet up with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deadline.

Ganduje while speaking with about 100 clerics at the state Government House as part of activities to mark the Sallah festival said Tinubu was advised to pick a Muslim running mate.

“We have advised him to pick a Muslim deputy and he has agreed. A Muslim-Muslim ticket is a reality. It is not something new in Nigeria," the Kano governor said.

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2023 presidency: I’m still searching for my running mate, Tinubu declares

Meanwhile, despite submitting a name to INEC, Tinubu earlier revealed that he was still searching for his running mate.

He made this known in Abuja while delivering his keynote address at the 60th birthday celebration of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila.

The presidential candidate also heaped praises on the speaker for his contributions to his political ambition of becoming Nigeria’s president.

Source: Legit.ng

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