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2023 Presidency: APC Governors Speak On Tinubu-Shettima Ticket


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The Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have hailed the combination of the party’s presidential flagbearer, Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

Recall that Tinubu had on Sunday chosen Shettima, a former Governor of Borno State and a Muslim as his running mate despite calls in some quarters against the decision.

However, Tinubu’s decision has generated a lot of reactions on and off social media. Some Nigerians are of the opinion that the former Lagos Governor should have picked a Christian as his running mate.

Reacting to the choice of Shettima, the APC governors described the Tinubu/Shettima ticket as a formidable team that will win the 2023 presidential election for the ruling party.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, made this known after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, on Monday.

Bagudu also commended Tinubu for choosing Shettima as his running mate, saying that the former Governor of Borno State is the right candidate for the party’s vice-presidential slot.

He added that Shettima is one of Nigeria’s finest who will bring his wealth of experience to bear in the governance of the nation.

Bagudu said: “Kashim Shettima is one of Nigeria’s finest and we believe he brings a lot of value to the presidential ticket.

“So, we are quite pleased and we pray that his formidable capacity will complement the well-known capacity of our presidential flagbearer, and Nigerians will be convinced this is about the best team that the parties in this 2022 primary season have produced.

“Governors are very proud. We have congratulated Mr President that under his leadership, one of the most transparent primaries took place which saw the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as our presidential flagbearer.

“Governors are very very pleased. We are very very proud. We are equally very happy that a vice-presidential candidate is no less a person than Kashim Shettima and we believe that they will give traction to the campaign and complement all the achievements of the last seven years under President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We believe the track record of the achievements overwhelmed any unmet expectation. It’s life, that no matter how hard you work, some things may not be accomplished as you wish.

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“For example, we fought in the last seven years, two world recessions, COVID pandemic and now we’re dealing with the Russia-Ukraine war that is affecting every part of the globe. Yet, Nigeria has remained resilient because of the policies that have been pursued by President Muhammadu Buhari and embraced by state governors — both those of APC and non-APC states.