Ahead of the 2023 polls, some state governors of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) have commended the emergence of Senator Kashim Shettima as running mate to the party’s national leader and presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The governors made the commendation on Monday afternoon in Daura, Katsina State, shortly after holding a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at his private residence.
They maintained that Tinubu and Shettima were two good combinations that would see the ruling party win by massive votes in the presidential election next year.
Speaking, Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State who led other governors to Daura, said they were there to pay Sallah homage to the president.
Bagudu, who is chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum also 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 the Vice Presidential candidate. No doubt, Senator Shettima would complement the good qualities of Asiwaju Tinubu.
“We are very very happy with the choice. The two will complement one another and will surely consolidate on the achievements of the President in the past seven years.”
Also speaking, Imo state Governor, Hope Uzodinma said Shettima’s choice as the Vice Presidential candidate was a collective decision by all the Progressives Governors, assuring that all the Governors would work hard to ensure victory for the APC in the 2023 election.
“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,” he said.
Simon Lalong, the Plateau state governor, also said that while the choice of vice presidential candidate was the prerogative of the presidential candidate, all the APC Governors would work to ensure the party’s victory at the 2023 general elections.
According to him, “A Presidential candidate has the prerogative of picking his Vice. But ours is to ensure the party’s victory in the Presidential election.”
The nine state governors that were in Daura incude Aminu Masari of Katsina, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, Hope Uzodinma of Imo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Simon Lalong of Plateau, and Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna.