The All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has picked the former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate for the 2023 presidential general election.
Tinubu, announced the choice of Shettima as his vice, during his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State on Sunday.
Speaking with newsmen after the visit, Tinubu said Shettima had the qualities he wanted in a running mate.
His words: “I chose him because he is competent, capable and reliable. The one we put in as placement has withdrawn today. There has been an announcement to replace him fully with a substantive candidate, Kashim Shettima.”
Tinubu assured that the APC would win the forthcoming presidential elections, saying: “We are going to win Insha Allah. Because we are a progressive party. We have the focus on the Nigerian problems and we face the challenge squarely and we’re not running away from it. We have a better programme for the people and about the people and we are ready to serve.
“Within a short period, there’s been a strong foundation on infrastructure. We faced a challenge of terrorism we know that. It’s only a poor thinker and observer who will not recognize the challenge. But once you recognize the challenge, you can prepare yourself very well to tackle it and defeat it. And that is what our party is all about.”
Meanwhile, Shettima’s successor as Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, has praised Tinubu for picking choosing Shettima as his running mate.
Zulum said Tinubu has made the wisest choice by picking Shettima, promising support for the duo to win the presidential poll.
Zulum, in a statement, said: “Earlier today, I received with the greatest joy, the announcement of my mentor, His Excellency, Senator Kashim Shettima as the Vice Presidential candidate of our party, the APC and insha’Allah, the next Vice President of the Federal Republic under His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, our incoming President.
“It has been my greatest wish that Kashim Shettima gets this elevation that he so much deserves as one of Nigeria’s highly patriotic leaders.
“For me, and I am sure for many leaders and members of the APC, Tinubu’s choice of Kashim Shettima is the wisest choice at this point in time.”
Also, the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, has described Shettima as perfect for Tinubu.
Maintaining that Shettima complements Tinubu quite well, Keyamo said he is a “suave gentleman and politician.”
He further described Shettima as “intellectually fertile, economically sound and inter generationally mobile.”
He said: “The former Borno governor is “fiercely loyal” and “phenomenally complimentary” to Tinubu. Senator Kashim Shettima is the perfect choice as VP.”