Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is facing his first significant challenge as the party’s standard bearer. Who will be his running mate? Will he be a Muslim or a Christian? Will he be one of the 14 APC governors from the North, or will he be a just another party member?
In order to address these questions Tinubu has initiated talks with major stakeholders of the party to receive opinions and input on the choice of his running mate.
To this end, Tinubu, yesterday, met with APC Governors behind closed doors. Although, details of the meeting were not immediately available, an aide to one of the governors said discussions about the party’s vice presidential candidate could not be ruled out.
“Although, I was not part of the meeting, but definitely, it is first a thank you visit, then other issues would be discussed. The choice of a running mate cannot be ruled out of the discussions. You know the governors really did a lot for Asiwaju and so it follows that he would naturally carry them along when making critical choices”, said the governor’s aide.
Plateau State Governor and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Simon Bako Lalong, former House Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, are among those being touted as possible running mate to Tinubu.
While Lalong is atop the list, there have been allegations by his opponents that many of the delegates from Plateau State did not vote for Tinubu.
Tinubu on Thursday also met with the Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.
Although the meeting was behind closed doors, a short video made available to the press saw Adamu with other NWC members stepping out of the meeting and assuring of greater support for Tinubu. He specifically assured Tinubu of the support of the entire party structure.
Speaking after he led the NWC to pay a congratulatory visit on Tinubu, the party chairman said he would work with others to ensure that the APC candidate emerges Nigeria’s president, next year.
“Action speaks louder than words. We are here to join our brother, to congratulate him and to assure him that we are together. This is our project. By the grace of God, we will deliver him as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023”, he stated.