Presidential Candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU, has defended his choice of Senator KASHIM SHETTIMA as his running mate, explaining that he could not choose a Christian and a Muslim at the same time.
It could be recalled that prior to the unveiling of SHETTIMA, the polity was heated up over single-faith ticket. While the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) rejected the idea and warned parties against it, some stakeholders asked Nigerians to focus more on competence than sentiment.
Speaking on settling for SHETTIMA, TINUBU said all his life, decisions regarding the team around and supporting him had always been guided by the principles of competence, innovation, compassion, integrity, fairness, and adherence to excellence.
Meanwhile, in a chain of reaction to the announcement of SHETTIMA as running mate to TINUBU, Mr IBRAHIM MASARI, who initially was picked as vice presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has resigned.
In a communiqué, MASARI, a former National Welfare Secretary of the APC, stated that after much reflection and wider consultations, he is now going to step down.