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APC Delays Unveiling Of Tinubu’s Running Mate

The All Progressives Congress has postponed announcing Kashim Shettima as Bola Tinubu’s vice presidential running mate.

However, as of the time this story was filed, no formal explanation had been provided.

The unveiling has not been given a new date, either.

Tinubu chose Shettima to be his running mate on Sunday and stated that the decision was made to promote good administration.

Four days later, however, the APC had yet to formally nominate Shettima as Tinubu’s running partner.

Shettima’s selection, however, was met with opposition from certain northern governors.

The choice of Shettima as Tinubu’s running mate was also criticized by many Nigerians, who cautioned the APC against fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

Despite protests against the Muslim-Muslim ticket, Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, was chosen by Tinubu as his running partner for several reasons.

He revealed this in a statement that The PUNCH was able to receive on Sunday.

The Christian Association of Nigeria and a few well-known Nigerians had protested the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.

When choosing Shettima, Tinubu allegedly put “national progress and development” ahead of “religious sensitivities.”

Tinubu said Shettima’s career in politics and beyond shows that “he is eminently qualified not only to deliver that all-important electoral victory.”

In “one of our fairest elections ever held,” Nigerians supported Chief MKO Abiola and his fellow Muslim running partner, Baba Gana Kingibe, in 1993, according to the APC candidate for president.

He said that if we genuinely understood the difficulties facing Nigeria, people would value good administration more than religious feeling.

“The spirit of 1993 is upon us again in 2023,” he added.

Part of the statement read, “I have never been an indecisive man and have no present intention to become one.

“Having now listened to the sage, careful advice of a broad section of the party and of the nation, there are a few points I feel I must make about the exceptional and extraordinary person with whom I will share the APC ticket and the principles of open and good governance that informed this choice.

“I am mindful of the energetic discourse concerning the possible religion of my running mate. Just and noble people have talked to me about this. Some have counselled that I should select a Christian to please the Christian community. Other have said I should pick a Muslim to appeal to the Muslim community. Clearly, I cannot do both.

“Both sides of the debate have impressive reason and passionate arguments supporting their position. Both arguments are right in their own way. But neither is right in the way that Nigeria needs at the moment. As president, I hope to govern this nation toward uncommon progress. This will require innovation. It will require steps never before taken. It will also require decisions that are politically difficult and rare.

“If I am to be that type of President, I must begin by being that type of candidate. Let me make the bold and innovative decision not to win political points but to move the nation and our party’s campaign closer to the greatness that we were meant to achieve.

READ MORE: Kwankwaso Picks Pastor Idahosa As Running Mate

25. Here is where politics ends, and true leadership must begin.

“Today, I announce my selection with pride because I have made it not based on religion or to please one community or the other. 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.

“May I say this to all of you, especially to those who will be disappointed in my selection based on religious considerations. I will not and cannot ignore the religious concerns and ethnic sensitivities of our people.

Taking them into due consideration is an important part of good and able governance. But religion, ethnicity and region cannot always and fully determine our path. To forge ahead as a nation toward development and prosperity, we must break free of old binds. We must recalibrate our political calculations to where competence and fairness matter more than reductive demographics.”

In order to improve and regain Nigeria’s fortunes and the hopes of its people, Tinubu stated that he chose Shettima as his running mate.

He said, “Senator Kasim Shettima’s career in politics and beyond shows that he is eminently qualified not only to deliver that all important electoral victory, but, also, step into the shoes of the Vice President. As a man with the talent, maturity, strength of character, and patriotism, he has my implicit confidence and faith.

“I am aware that many will continue to 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.

“In 1993, Nigerians embrace 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.

“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. “

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The All Progressives Congress has postponed announcing Kashim Shettima as Bola Tinubu’s vice presidential running mate.

However, as of the time this story was filed, no formal explanation had been provided.

The unveiling has not been given a new date, either.

Tinubu chose Shettima to be his running mate on Sunday and stated that the decision was made to promote good administration.

Four days later, however, the APC had yet to formally nominate Shettima as Tinubu’s running partner.

Shettima’s selection, however, was met with opposition from certain northern governors.

The choice of Shettima as Tinubu’s running mate was also criticized by many Nigerians, who cautioned the APC against fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

Despite protests against the Muslim-Muslim ticket, Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, was chosen by Tinubu as his running partner for several reasons.

He revealed this in a statement that The PUNCH was able to receive on Sunday.

The Christian Association of Nigeria and a few well-known Nigerians had protested the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.

When choosing Shettima, Tinubu allegedly put “national progress and development” ahead of “religious sensitivities.”

Tinubu said Shettima’s career in politics and beyond shows that “he is eminently qualified not only to deliver that all-important electoral victory.”

In “one of our fairest elections ever held,” Nigerians supported Chief MKO Abiola and his fellow Muslim running partner, Baba Gana Kingibe, in 1993, according to the APC candidate for president.

He said that if we genuinely understood the difficulties facing Nigeria, people would value good administration more than religious feeling.

“The spirit of 1993 is upon us again in 2023,” he added.

Part of the statement read, “I have never been an indecisive man and have no present intention to become one.

“Having now listened to the sage, careful advice of a broad section of the party and of the nation, there are a few points I feel I must make about the exceptional and extraordinary person with whom I will share the APC ticket and the principles of open and good governance that informed this choice.

“I am mindful of the energetic discourse concerning the possible religion of my running mate. Just and noble people have talked to me about this. Some have counselled that I should select a Christian to please the Christian community. Other have said I should pick a Muslim to appeal to the Muslim community. Clearly, I cannot do both.

“Both sides of the debate have impressive reason and passionate arguments supporting their position. Both arguments are right in their own way. But neither is right in the way that Nigeria needs at the moment. As president, I hope to govern this nation toward uncommon progress. This will require innovation. It will require steps never before taken. It will also require decisions that are politically difficult and rare.

“If I am to be that type of President, I must begin by being that type of candidate. Let me make the bold and innovative decision not to win political points but to move the nation and our party’s campaign closer to the greatness that we were meant to achieve.

READ MORE: Kwankwaso Picks Pastor Idahosa As Running Mate

25. Here is where politics ends, and true leadership must begin.

“Today, I announce my selection with pride because I have made it not based on religion or to please one community or the other. 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.

“May I say this to all of you, especially to those who will be disappointed in my selection based on religious considerations. I will not and cannot ignore the religious concerns and ethnic sensitivities of our people.

Taking them into due consideration is an important part of good and able governance. But religion, ethnicity and region cannot always and fully determine our path. To forge ahead as a nation toward development and prosperity, we must break free of old binds. We must recalibrate our political calculations to where competence and fairness matter more than reductive demographics.”

In order to improve and regain Nigeria’s fortunes and the hopes of its people, Tinubu stated that he chose Shettima as his running mate.

He said, “Senator Kasim Shettima’s career in politics and beyond shows that he is eminently qualified not only to deliver that all important electoral victory, but, also, step into the shoes of the Vice President. As a man with the talent, maturity, strength of character, and patriotism, he has my implicit confidence and faith.

“I am aware that many will continue to 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.

“In 1993, Nigerians embrace 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.

“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. “

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