- Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has finally picked his running mate ahead of the 2023 general elections
- The APC presidential candidate has settled for Senator Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno state
- In picking Shettima, Tinubu has ignored some of the potential names mentioned in the past including Kaduna governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai
Channels Television also confirmed the news in a short news publication on its website.
APC member, Akin Akinshola also confirmed the report in a tweet, saying:
“Asiwaju just confirmed to pressmen at the president's house in Daura that Senator Kashim Shettima is his VP candidate.”
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Tinubu was said to have been accompanied to Daura by some APC chieftains including the minister of sports and youth development, Sunday Dare.
According to Sahara Reporters, Tinubu had wanted to pick the incumbent governor of Borno, Babagana Zulum as the running mate but he reportedly pleaded that his mentor, Shettima should rather be picked.
2023: Foreign Policy describes Tinubu and Atiku as 'deeply uninspiring'
Meanwhile, an American news publication, Foreign Policy, has described Tinubu and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as 'deeply inspiring.'
The comment was made in an article concerning the forthcoming presidential election where the duo are the leading candidates.
Making reference to Tinubu, the article stated that:
“There are plenty of problems with Tinubu, most notably his health. Over the last couple of years, he has spent months abroad on medical vacations, just as Buhari has, fueling fears that the rigours of the job might prove fatal.”
2023: Timi Frank urges INEC to disqualify Tinubu over certificate controversy
On his part, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to disqualify Tinubu from the 2023 general elections.
Comrade Frank also called on the ruling party to replace Tinubu if it hopes to be on the presidential ballot for 2023.
His demand followed the controversial educational qualification claims by the Lagos state ex-governor.