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General News of Monday, 13 June 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

APC: Tinubu likely to unveil running mate Wednesday as party focuses on North-East

Buhari, Tinubu and Adamu at the APC Primary in Abuja_Photo: The Punch Buhari, Tinubu and Adamu at the APC Primary in Abuja_Photo: The Punch

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu is likely to announce his running mate on Wednesday, June 15, according to The Punch.

This follows the conclusion of extensive consultation with party stakeholders including governors on Tuesday.

It was also learned that the APC governors and other stakeholders had agreed that the North-East should produce the vice-presidential candidate of the party.

Sunday PUNCH had reported that Tinubu, who emerged the APC presidential candidate at the party’s primary on Wednesday, might settle for a Muslim as his running mate.

Bamigbala also said the party had not decided on the issue of a Muslim running mate for Tinubu.

He stated, “The issue of this Muslim-Muslim ticket is still speculation till the next two to three days (Wednesday) when the party will unveil Asiwaju’s running mate.

“It is not enough for anybody to just come out to say the APC is fielding a Muslim VP. Nobody has mentioned that. We are still looking at a credible northerner who can be a Christian too to pair with Tinubu,” he said.

But when contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, stated, “We are not in any kind of time competition with the PDP to make that announcement.

“If the PDP chooses to make their announcement on Tuesday, that does not impose any obligation on the APC or any other party for that matter to make a similar announcement by that date,” he said.

According to him, the process of deciding the candidate is not a unilateral decision.

“Again, the choice of vice president will be made through consultation with the party and relevant stakeholders. Nigerians should be patient as they decide on the candidate and the part of the country he is coming from,” he stated.

The APC publicity secretary also confirmed that there were reconciliatory moves by Tinubu to mend fences with South-East political leaders.

He stated, “I am sure you know that since the convention, the presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has been on the road reaching out to and meeting all the aspirants and co-contestants at the primary. And in doing so, he is rallying them back to the base in readiness for the upcoming campaign,” he said.

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