The All Progressives Congress (APC), has unveiled Kashim Shettima, a former Governor of Borno State and serving Senator as the running mate to Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the party in the 2023 election.
Penpushing reports that, Shettima was unveiled at the Yar’Adua Centre on Wednesday in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, where Tinubu declared that his recruitment and political decisions have always been on certain principles that are non-negotiable.
“All my life, my decisions regarding the team I am around and those I work with is guided by the principle of competence, innovation, compassion, integrity and adherence to excellence. In politics, those principles are non-negotiable. Without them, there cannot be victory, there can be no joy,” he said.
Penpushing further reports that Shettima said some persons also dispensed bigotry ahead of the All Progressives Congress(APC) primaries in June but the outcome showed that Nigerians are rational people.
“We all witnessed the decisive blows dealt the bigotry dispensed by a hopeless minority, ahead of the APC presidential primaries, last June. The futility of their propaganda, showed that Nigerians aren’t the unthinking robots some are quick to call them. Nigerians are rational beings with the capability to tell an invidious agenda apart, from sincere concern for them.
“They are not the uncritical consumers of clickbait and falsehoods, as some of us think they are. They see through the bigots, masquerading as patriots and, very importantly, they know those who represent their interests, even in the quietest and darkest of meeting rooms,” Mr Shettima said.
Penpushing also reports that, the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, said even though the choice of running mate is an exclusive right of the presidential candidate, he consulted stakeholders and President Muhammadu Buhari.
The chairman noted that the party will wholly and unconditionally accepts his choice, and appealed to those that contested the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket with Tinubu to purge themselves of the loss at the recent party convention.
“It is time to purge ourselves of the bitterness arising from our individual losses in the party primaries. It is time to submit ourselves to the will of God and the party and do nothing to sabotage its well-laid plans for victory’.
‘The other political parties want what we want, and that is, to win and form the next government. If by any acts of omission or commission we give in to bitterness and pettiness or fail to see the larger picture or take any of the political parties for granted, we would constitute an obstacle to the victory of our party,” he said.
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