Running mate: APC S/Africa hails Tinubu’s choice of Shettima as ‘wise decision’


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The South Africa chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lauded the party’s Presidential Candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu, for picking Sen. Kashim Shettima as his running mate for the 2023 election.

The chapter in a statement jointly signed on Tuesday in Lagos by its Chairman, Mr Bola Babarinde and the Publicity Secretary, Mr Sanni David, said Shettima’s choice was a wise decision.

Shettima, a former governor of Borno, is the senator representing Borno Central Senatorial District.

The group said picking him as the vice-presidential candidate of the party was a decision made in respect of competency rather than “primordial sentiments like tribal or religious cleavages that have held our country back for long.”

Chairman, APC South African Chapter, Engr. Bola Babarinde
Chairman, APC South African Chapter, Engr. Bola Babarinde

The 55-year-old banker-turned-politician was described by the chapter as a man that has the character and intellectual capacity of a vice-president.

“The thought process in selecting such cerebral and loyal running mate should be appreciated and valued as religion cannot be considered over competence and ability to garner votes for the party,” it stated.

According to the chapter, Shettima has the intellectual capacity to turn things around in the management of the economy under a Tinubu presidency.

“Pcking Sen. Kashim Shettima, an Agricultural Economist with illustrious background in Banking and Lecturing coupled with experience in the public sector, will steer the economic team to bring about much needed socioeconomic development.

“APC South Africa wishes the standard bearer of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima the best of luck in the run up to the elections.

“We hope to host them during campaign tour in South Africa before the elections,” the chapter said. (NAN)


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