APC increases consultation for Tinubu’s running mate

The search for a running mate to the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu began yesterday as President Muhammadu Buhari held a crucial meeting with the Progressives Governors Forum.

The party leaders are allegedly discussing the criteria for selecting a suitable Vice President.

The conditions are experience, educational credentials, and geopolitical balance.

It was gathered that they are also considering the possibility of fielding a running mate who has a deep knowledge of the economy.

The parley was attended by the Chief of Staff to the President Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, PGF Chairman and governor of Kebbi State Senator Atiku Bagudu, Governors Babagana Zulum (Borno), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Mohammed Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Hope Uzodimma (Imo).

Uzordimma, who was at the meeting, said the constitution is silent on the religion and tribe of the vice-presidential candidate.

He said: “There is nowhere in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where religion is a factor or characteristic as to who becomes the president or who becomes the running mate.

“But we are looking for united Nigeria, where governance will be the issue, where a president would be adjudged by his capacity to deliver democratic dividends, develops Nigeria to look like other parts of the Western world where democracy is working.



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