The 2023 All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Adekunle Ahmed Tinubu, has named Senator Kashim Shettima, former Governor of Borno State, as his running mate.
Consequently, Sen. Shettima will be the APC vice-presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections scheduled for February 2023.
Tinubu made the announcement on Sunday in the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari, Daura, Katsina State, moments ago.
Sen. Shettima is known by many as the controversial politician, who under whose watch as Borno State Governor, the infamous Chibok schoolgirls kidnap saga took place, after he had ignored advice from federal authorities that schools in the state should be evacuated based on intelligence report.
On announcing Sen. Shettima as his running mate for the 2023 presidential elections, Bola Tinubu said:
“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.”
“Our focus, therefore, must be on getting the job done; and that means getting the very best and competent people to do it. In this crucial moment, where so much is at stake, we must prioritize leadership, competence, and the ability to work as a team over other considerations.”
“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”
“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.”
“Here is where politics ends, and true leadership must begin.”