2023: Tinubu Reveals Why He Picked Kashim Shettima as Running Mate

2023: Tinubu Reveals Why He Picked Kashim Shettima as Running Mate

  • Questions about Nigeria's multi-religious and multi-ethnic realities have started coming since Bola Tinubu picked Kashim Shettima as his running mate
  • But Tinubu says there is no cause for alarm, arguing that Shettima's competence is what is more important
  • According to the APC presidential candidate, competence in governance should be placed above religious sentiments

FCT, Abuja - Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress has issued a statement explaining his preference for Senator Kashim Shettima as his running mate ahead of the 2023 general elections.

In a statement shared on his Twitter page, Tinubu said his choice is not based on religion, but competence.

Tinubu
Tinubu insists that Shettima's competence trumps any argument about his religious background. Photo credit: @OfficialABAT
Source: Twitter

His words:

“I made this choice because I believe this is the man who can help me bring the best governance to all Nigerians, period, regardless of their religious affiliation or considerations of ethnicity or region.

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“I am aware that many will continue focus on a particular detail, the question of his faith.
“However, if we truly understand the challenges upon us a nation, then we must also see the imperative of placing competence in governance above religious sentiment.”

Making reference to the 1993 presidential election won by two Muslims under the Social Democratic Party, Tinubu said:

“In 1993, Nigerians embraced Chief MKO Abiola and a fellow Muslim running mate, Baba Gana Kingibe in one of our fairest elections ever held. The spirit of 1993 is upon us again in 2023.”

He added:

“As such, the ticket we present today represents a milestone in our political history. It symbolizes our party’s determination to be a leading light among political parties in Africa.
“The democratic process and the decorum that characterised our presidential primaries and the selection of our vice presidential candidate exemplifies why we are the party of the people and of the betterment of their future.

“With this selection the All Progressives Congress surely shall continue to be the party that shows the way and carries this nation towards its best future. I implore you all to join with me on this journey to a brighter future.”

How Tinubu announced his choice of Shettima in Daura

Legit.ng had earlier reported that Tinubu announced his choice of Shettima as his running mate in Daura, Katsina state.

The former Lagos state governor had gone to the hometown of the president in the northwest state to pay Sallah homage to the Nigerian leader.

He was accompanied by several APC chieftains including the minister of sports and youth development, Sunday Dare.

2023: Aisha Yesufu berates Tinubu for choosing Muslim running mate

On her part, rights activist, Aisha Yefufu has berated Tinubu for choosing a Muslim running mate ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Sharing her thoughts on Tinubu's action, Yesufu said the decision of the APC presidential candidate is not justifiable.

She further stated that a Muslim-Muslim ticket is an insult to fairness, equity and justice.

Source: Legit.ng

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