“As a committed and progressive leader, I have read and listened to all that have been written and said. It has been an emotional situation for me. Out of many competent Nigerians and out of many advices, I know it has to be my decision.”
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, made the statement today, July 20, at a ceremony, organized to unveil the APC vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima in Abuja.
“And the hallmark of leadership is taking a decision at the right time when it ought to be taken. I consulted and I am proud to see all of you here acknowledging the quality of our Vice (Presidential Candidate), Kashim Shettima.
Tinubu, who called on Nigerians to look beyond religion and ethnicity and focus on building a prosperous nation, assured that he remains steadfast in his belief and selection of Shettuma, who is former two-term governor of Borno State.
“I believe and I am committed with him to the project Nigeria. With all the strength and stress that might come with it, we will change this country for the better.”
“We hold the chance to move the nation and our collective cause forward as never before. To do this, we must be wise in our thoughts and courageous in our actions.
“We must win this election so that we can bring jobs, eliminate poverty, educate our children, (and) bring up our grandchildren without thinking of religious division or ethnic differences. We are one. Our passport is one; greenback is one. One nation, one destiny.”
Asiwaju, who is former Lagos State governor noted that his decision was borne out of the several consultations he engaged in with various stakeholders in the ruling party and has nothing to do with personal feelings.
According to him, Shettima shares his dream of changing Nigeria for the better.
APC national chairman and some governor elected on the platform of the party attended the event.
The governors include Chairman of APC Governors Forum, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Abdulahi Ganduje of Kano State, Abdulahi Sule of Nasarawa State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Babagana Zulum of Borno State, Bello Masari of Katsina State and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.