Buhari Meets APC Governors In Aso Rock over Running Mate

buhari meets apc governors in aso rock over running mate
buhari meets apc governors in aso rock over running mate

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari met with the governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), led his colleagues to the meeting, which took place at a time when the party was holding high-level talks on the choice of running mate for its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to the President, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and Governors Babagana Zulum of Borno, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, and Hope Uzodinma of Imo State attended the meeting

According to Shauntv, the former governor of Lagos State has pencilled in Shettima, who played a crucial role in his campaign, as his running partner.

However, some members of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) are rumoured to be plotting to contact President Buhari with a request to nominate Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, or Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, for the position of vice president.

We also learned that former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babagana Kingibe, who stood as MKO Abiola’s running mate in the presidential election held on June 12, 1993, has sent three names to Kebbi State Governor Atiku for consideration by Tinubu.

On the list are Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, the governor of Borno State; Amina J. Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations; and Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, a liaison officer to the National Assembly during Olusegun Obasanjo’s first term.

The trio are Muslims from the geopolitical region of the North East. The nomination occurred in the midst of controversy about the APC’s plans to run a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

This action has been met with opposition from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and certain APC stakeholders.

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