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2023: Tinubu Warned Not to Pick Zulum, Shettima as Running Mate



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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has been warned against picking Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State as running mate.

The APC national leader was also cautioned from picking Zulum’s predecessor, Kashim Shettima as vice presidential candidate.

The warning is coming amid speculations that the former Lagos State governor is considering a Muslim-Muslim ticket against a heavy outcry by Nigerians.

With the Independent National Electoral Commission giving a deadline of July 15 for parties to submit running mates, Tinubu is thought to have narrowed his search to Zulum and Shettima.


Tinubu had earlier submitted Kabiru Ibrahim Masari as a placeholder running mate, but is expected to make a final decision in the coming days after consulting with leaders of the party.

Advising Tinubu on how to make his choice of running mate, former presidential aide, Reno Omokri pointed out that neither of the duo can defend Christians if picked.

Omokri explained how Shettima failed to provide security for the Chibok Christian community during his time as governor of Borno state.

Omokri also accused Zulum of neglecting the Christians in the state by providing protection for them.


In a series of tweets, Omokri said;
Yes, Bola Tinubu’s wife is a Christian pastor. However, is she not the same person who said ‘Igbo, we no dey trust una again’? So, if her husband picks a Muslim Vice President, can such a woman drop her bias against Igbos, who are mostly Christians and love them?

“Shettima notoriously failed to provide security for the Chibok Christian community. When Wike, the then Minister of State for Education (now Governor of Rivers) wrote him to move WAEC students from Chibok to Maiduguri, he refused. Can such a VP protect Christians?

“Zulum, for instance, is notorious for doing nothing after the demolition of the EYN Church in Moduganari, wherein his agents killed one of the protesting Christians. Shettima is remembered for neglecting Christian communities. Can they protect Christians as VP?”

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