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SHETTIMA’S NOMINATION: OPPOSITION PARTIES DISTURB

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Murtala Ajaka, on Monday, called on Nigerians to ignore opposition parties’ sentiment on religion, saying the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as a vice-presidential candidate had unsettled their camps.

This was as the New Nigeria People’s Party warned that fielding Shettima as Tinubu’s running mate would be the final nail that would seal the ambition of the former Lagos State governor.

Tinubu had announced the former Governor of Borno State as his substantive running mate after he had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at his residence in Daura, on Sunday.

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The announcement also coincided with the withdrawal of the APC placeholder, Ibrahim Masari, who earlier stepped down as the vice presidential nominee.

Masari, the surrogate running mate, stepped aside to pave way for the name of the substantive running mate to be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission five days before the deadline.

Tinubu, who revealed in his statement on Sunday that he had always been a decisive man, added that he shared the same ideology with party leaders, including Shettima.

In a statement released Monday in Abuja, the APC deputy scribe assured Nigerians that the fear of the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket being nursed in some quarters only existed in the imagination of opposition.

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Describing Shettima as a man of knowledge and courage, Ajaka disclosed that the opposition parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party, had been thrown off balance and still reeling from Tinubu’s choice of Shettima.

 

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