The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has insisted that its choice of former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, as presidential running mate would surely boost the chances of its presidential flag bearer, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the 2023 polls.
APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, while congratulating Shettima on his 56th birthday anniversary, described him as a shining light of the party.
The party in a statement argued that the Tinubu/Shettima ticket symbolises its determination to be a leading light among political parties in Africa.
While recalling Shettima’s laudable achievements as governor of Borno State, especially in the areas of education and infrastructure, the party noted that Shettima was able to make his mark despite the challenges of insecurity in the North-east, adding that “crisis is the truest test of a man’s ability and Shettima proved his mettle.”
Ajaka noted that the party was proud of the principles that threw up Shettima as Tinubu’s running mate.
“The choice of Shettima as the running mate to Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has added a milestone to the presidential ticket of the ruling party in the country’s political history.
“As a party, the principles of competence, innovation, compassion, integrity, fairness and adherence to excellence among others that determined the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as our running mate is something APC is proud of,” he added.
While joining Shettima’s immediate family, friends, supporters and the progressive family to celebrate his 56th birthday, the party prayed that “God’s blessings, protection and guidance continue to abide with the APC vice presidential candidate as he marches on with his daring vision to break new grounds and set new pace in the country.”