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Running mate: Northwest APC leaders send message to Tinubu

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Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Northwest region emerged from a crucial meeting on Thursday and resolved to cooperate and engage the presidential candidate of the party, Bola Tinubu.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that APC governors, governorship candidates, and ministers from the states of the North-West met today (Thursday) in Kaduna State.

The decision of the Northwest APC leaders comes as Tinubu seeks to finally settle for a running mate.

Recall that the former Lagos State governor had earlier submitted the name of Ibrahim Masari, a former Secretary of the Muhammadu Buhari Support Group (BSG), to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as his running mate. The name of Masari, from the Northwest zone, was submitted as a “place holder” and many political analysts believe he will be replaced soon.

But the outcome of the meeting in Kaduna suggests the APC Northwest leaders are satisfied with Masari being Tinubu’s running mate.

A communique issued at the end of the Northwest APC leaders’ meeting, signed by Salihu Lukman, the National Vice Chairman (Northwest), reads in part: “The meeting noted the contribution of the North-West to the emergence and growth of the APC and its electoral viability, with the North-West providing about 39% of the votes the APC recorded in the 2019 and 2015 presidential elections.

“Therefore, the zone resolved to aggregate its interests and vital concerns and engage accordingly with the presidential candidate of the party.”

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