Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno State, says the decision by Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate to pick Kashim Shetima as running mate is the “wisest”.
Shettima is a serving senator and a former two-term governor of Borno state. He is considered Zulum’s political godfather who was instrumental to his political sojourn.
Zulum said Shetima has a “very deep understanding of our country and its complexities”.
“For me, and I am sure for many leaders and members of the APC, Tinubu’s choice of HE Kashim Shettima is the wisest choice at this point in time,” he said.
“Shettima’s choice is very personal to me and together with our leaders and all stakeholders and members of the APC, we shall campaign vigorously, work day and night, to collectively secure overwhelming victory for the APC in 2023, insha’Allah.
“Without the slightest doubt, HE Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has chosen a leader who has a very deep understanding of our country and its complexities. There is hardly any tribe in any of Nigeria’s 36 states and the FCT that Senator Kashim Shettima cannot knowledgeably speak about. He knows the social, cultural, religious, economic and political structure of virtually all the 36 States and the FCT.
“Shettima is extremely patriotic. He believes so much in the unity of this country and he has proved it on a number of occasions.”
TheCable quoted Governor Zulum as saying that Shettima spent over N30 billion on agricultural machinery during his administration following his prediction of a potential fall in the value of the naira.
“As far back as 2012, Shettima had on many occasions predicted the likelihood of fall in revenue from oil just as he predicted potential fall in the value of naira to dollar, which was why he imported agricultural products worth over N30 billion which today are worth far more, making Borno one of the richest in agricultural machinery,” he said.
WikkiTimes had reported that contrary to initial speculation that Mr Tinubu will pick a northern Christian as running mate, the APC presidential flagbearer decided otherwise.