Katsina – Asiwaju Bola Tinubu the All-Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate has confirmed Kashim Shettima as his running mate for the 2023 general elections.
Stallion Times gathered that Tinubu made the disclosure in Daura, Katsina State on Sunday, after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammed Buhari.
Tinubu was in Daura to pay Sallah homage to the president and to unveil his running mate.
Before the disclosure, Ibrahim Masari, the placeholder running mate had announced his resignation in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Masari said his decision will enable Asiwaju to have more latitude to give more accommodation and inclusion that will position APC to win the coming elections.
He 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 primary 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 to 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.”