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Tinubu nominates Kaduna Politician, Masari as placeholder running mate

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has submitted the name of Kabiru Masari from Kaduna State to the electoral body as his running mate for the 2023 elections.

According to a chieftain of the party, Kabiru Faskari during an interview on Channels Television programme, Politics Today, Masari was a former national official of the ruling party

“Ibrahim Kabiru Masari is our vice presidential nominee. He was the Welfare Secretary of the APC under Oshiomhole (former national chairman of the party),” he said during the programme on Friday. “He is a well-known politician in Kaduna State and his name has been submitted.”

Faskari noted that the choice of Masari, who hails from Katsina State, does not violate the country’s laws as against the clamour for a Muslim/Christian APC ticket.

According to him, Masari is experienced, close to Tinubu, and will not have a problem working with the former Lagos State governor.

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“He is young; he represents the youths and is grounded in politics and was even a national official of the APC. He is quite close to the presidential candidate and has been with him for a very long time,” he explained. “It is a very informed decision to put out his name.”

He said the decision followed wide consultations and that the party needs a person from a region with a large voting population.

“I think what it is is that it was the decision of the presidential candidate after due diligence,” the APC chieftain added.

Also, a presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad said; “Our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has submitted name of his running mate to INEC, his media office has confirmed.

“The Media Office of our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in a statement said that he has returned his duly completed nomination forms to INEC and stood ready to contest the next year’s election to deliver progressive good governance to our people,” Ahmad wrote on his Twitter account.

However, sources said the ruling party is putting Masari as a placeholder to beat the deadline given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for presidential candidates to submit the names of their running mates.

INEC had given a Friday, June 17th, deadline for the submission of the names.

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