2023: Why I Chose Shettima as Running Mate, Tinubu Opens Up After Meeting With CAN

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has explained why he chose the former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate in the 2023 presidential election.

Tinubu, who met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday, November 16, said the choice of Shettima was strategic, not religious, The Punch reported.



Explaining to the CAN leadership Tinubu said,“Choosing a Christian running mate would have been easy but that is not the case.

“My choice of Shettima is borne out of the urgent need to address the challenges facing the country and Shettima possesses strong leadership abilities which he exhibited when he was the governor of Borno State. I wanted a progressive government that was why I selected Shettima.

“We have urgent challenges that do not depend on religious leanings but on the best of hands that can address it,” he added.



Tinubu, who attended the meeting with his wife, Remi, assured the leaders of the association that the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC would not be a problem.

The presidential candidate added that he would replicate what he did in Lagos at the federal level by working in the interest of everyone.

Meanwhile, the APC flagbearer has said he and his team are not threatened by the pedigree of presidential candidates of other political parties ahead of the 2023 general election.



Asiwaju Tinubu also said he and his party are not spewing out fake statistics and wrong figures like other candidates and political parties, hence APC is progressive party.

The APC presidential candidate stated these while addressing journalists after a close door meeting with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party at its national secretariat on Wednesday.

“We are not threatened. We are confident and we are very proud of ourselves, we are in an orderly manner, we are committed to democratic principles and values. We are not bickering in any way and you know that,” he said.

“Can you say that of the other parties? We are not spewing out fake statistics and wrong figures, can you say that of any other parties? Well, we are what we are, a progressive party.”

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