The Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has picked the immediate past Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima as his running mate in the next year election. Tinubu announced the name of his running mate today, July 10 in Daura, Katsina State, after a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been home for Edi-el-Kabir celebration.
Tinubu, who spoke to inquisitive reporters when he emerged from the residence of the President, asked the media people to get details from Shettima himself.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Masari, whose name the APC submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as Tinubu’s running mate to beat the official deadline has stepped down.
In a statement, Masari pledged to be committed to the party in any other role he is assigned.
The statement titled: “Resignation As APC’ Vice Presidential Nominee,” and signed by him, Masari said: “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.
“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.
“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.
Alhaji Ibrahim Masari.”