Shettima’s choice excites Buhari, APC governors

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President Muhammadu Buhari and governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are excited about the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s running mate.

Also happy with the decision are senior figures in the party such as Senate President Ahamad Lawan, House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege.

Asiwaju Tinubu on Sunday, after meeting with President Buhari in Daura, announced the choice of Shettima.

The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) hailed Shettima’s choice, saying he would complement Tinubu’s good qualities.

The governors, who spoke after their Sallah homage to the President in Daura, expressed confidence in the Tinubu/Shettima ticket.

They said the ticket would guarantee victory for the ruling party.

The president, according to sources, was pleased with Shettima choice.

He was said to have applauded Tinubu for the decision.

Sources added that as soon as Tinubu broke the news, the President said he was happy about it because Shettima performed well as governor. He also said he was happy that Shettima’s successor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, is doing well, adding that he was thrilled by the synergy between the predecessor and successor.

Buhari, the source said, told Tinubu that he was confident that Shettima would not only add value to the ticket, but that both will work well as president and vice president.

The source further said the President described Zulum and Shettima as good ambassadors of the APC.

PGF Chairman and Governor of Kebbi State Abubakar Bagudu told reporters that the forum will work for the victory of the party at the polls.

He said: “We were pleasantly surprised when Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu announced in Daura on Sunday that Senator Kashim Ibrahim Shettima was the vice presidential candidate.”

“We were happy that it is no less a person than Senator Shettima, who was announced vice presidential candidate. No doubt, Senator Shettima would compliment the good qualities of Asiwaju Tinubu.

“We are very happy at the choice. The two will compliment one another and will surely consolidate on the achievements of the President in the past seven years.”

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma described Shettima’s choice as a collective decision by the governors, assuring that they will triumph at the poll.

He said: “The choice of Senator Shettima as the vice presidential candidate is a collective decision. We shall work hard to ensure victory in all our states.”

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong said while the choice of vice presidential candidate was the prerogative of the presidential candidate, the governors were pleased with Shettima’s choice.

He said: “A presidential candidate has the prerogative of picking his vice. But, ours is to ensure the party’s victory in the presidential election.”

At the meeting were nine governors: Aminu Masari (Katsina); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi); Abubakar Bello(Niger); Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa);  Hope Uzodinma (Imo);  Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna).

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu urged the Southwest to support the ticket in national interest.

The governor, who was guest at the yearly ‘Ojude Oba’ Festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, described Tinubu as a formidable and experienced politician.

He said: “Let me use this opportunity to make this rallying call on all true sons and daughters of the Yoruba race, and pronounce that in the unifying  spirit of the Ojude Oba celebration, it is my firm hope and belief that the Yoruba race will unite as one behind the momentous candidature of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a proud son of the race and one of the most formidable and experienced politicians to have ever emerged from Africa.”

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