2023: Tinubu picks former Borno governor as running mate, jets to Daura to inform Buhari

By Charly Agwam


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has confirmed the nomination of Borno Central Senator and former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shetima, as his running mate for 2023 presidential election.

Tinubu confirmed this on Sunday while speaking with journalists shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the latter’s residence in Daura, Katsina State

He was accompanied to Daura by Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, after landing at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Airport in Katsina.

Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, was, however, absent during the announcement.

Meanwhile, his running mate, shortly before the announcement by Tinubu in Daura, Alhaji Ibrahim Masari, who was earlier nominated as a placeholder running mate, announced his withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race

“This is to inform our esteemed party leaders under our able President Muhammadu Buhari, teeming party members and the great people of Nigeria, of the outcome of a crucial discussion I just had with the flag-bearer of our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Recall that I had the singular honour and privilege of being nominated as the running-mate to Asiwaju Tinubu last month after a keenly contested presidential primaries ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Tinubu picks former Borno governor
Tinubu picks former Borno governor, travels to Daura to inform Buhari

“But, after much reflection and wider consultations, I now wish to step down. I realized that my decision will enable Asiwaju have more latitude to give more accommodation and inclusion that will position our party to win the coming elections, with the support of the people of Nigeria.

Tinubu picks former Borno governor

“In stepping down, I believe I can still serve our party and the country in several other capacities.

“I wish to confirm that I have submitted my withdrawal letter and affidavit to that effect as the Vice Presidential Candidate to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed TInubu in the coming elections.

“On behalf of myself and family, I wish to sincerely thank Asiwaju Tinubu — the Incoming President, Insha Allah — for his trust in me and we promise to remain steadfast in our support for him and the party,” Masari stated

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Reports reaching Vanguard indicate that the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate for the 2023 polls, Bola Tinubu has confirmed Senator Kashim Shettima as his running mate.

Tinubu picks former Borno governor as running mate

The News Agency of Nigeria also reported in one of its bulletins on Sunday that the vice presidential candidate will be unveiled to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of the party in his hometown in Daura, Katsina State on Sunday (today).

Bauchi State Governor Senator Bala Mohammed has described a woman called Maryam Mohammed who was killed by bandits while preventing them from killing her son. He described her as a heroine
Tinubu picks former Borno governor
Resident sof Sabon Gari told reporters that late Maryam summoned courage when the armed bandits entered their house trying to abduct her son.
“As they opened fire she came out, took a pestle and hit one of the bandits before they shot her dead,” they said.
Governor Bala said her death was not in vain, adding that his administration would immortalise her as her heroic act was an example for others, especially women
He stated this today Saturday in Sabon Gari when he commiserated with communities in Alkaleri and Toro Local Government areas recently attacked by armed bandits.
The governor who was in company of the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda, top governement officials, paid sympathy visit to the victims in Sabon Gari in Alkaleri LGA and Sabon Garin Narabi in Toro LGA.
He advised the citizens to join hands with security agencies by being proactive to frustrate the activities of bandits in the state.

Tinubu picks former Borno governor

Governor Bala expressed concern that if left unchecked, the relative peace being enjoyed in the state would collapse as terrorists appear to be emboldened in their onslaught in several parts of the country.
The governor admitted that these recent attacks by terrorists in the hitherto peaceful state were becoming rampant and charged citizens to be on the alert.
He said the security agencies cannot defeat terrorists alone without the support of locals and advised them to lookout and give useful information on any suspicious activities or movements in the area
Governor Bala promised to strengthen relations between communities and security agencies, particularly the police, in order to further maintain the hitherto place enjoyed in the state.


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