Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, has officially announced former Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima as his running mate.
He made the announcement on Sunday in Daura, Katsina State, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors.
The APC candidate traveled to Daura, where the president is on Sallah leave, to meet with the President and introduce him to his running mate.
Tinubu met with President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari just hours before the announcement.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State revealed on Saturday that Tinubu had settled for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier chose Ibrahim Kabiru Masari, as a placeholder for the vice-presidential slot.
Addressing journalists on Sunday, Tinubu said a substantive running mate would replace Ibrahim Masari.
When quizzed further on the substantive running mate, Tinubu said, “Kashim Shettima, I have not discussed with him but I have disclosed it to you.”
Ibrahim Masari while resigning said he was willing to serve the party in other capacities.
In a statement titled, ‘Resignation as APC’, Vice Presidential nominee’, Masari said, “This is to inform our esteemed party leaders under our able President Muhammadu Buhari, teeming party members and the great people of Nigeria, of the outcome of a crucial discussion I just had with the flag-bearer of our great party, All Progressives Congress APC, Bola Tinubu.
“Recall that I had the singular honor and privilege of being nominated as the running-mate to Asiwaju Tinubu last month after a keenly contested presidential primary ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“But, after much reflection and wider consultation, I now wish to step down. I realized that my decision will enable Asiwaju to have more latitude to give more accommodation and inclusion. That will position our party to win the coming elections, with the support of the people of Nigeria.
“In stepping down, I believe I can still serve our party and the country in several other capacities.
“I wish to confirm that I have submitted my withdrawal letter and affidavit to that effect as the Vice Presidential Candidate to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the coming elections.”
About Kashim Shettima (Tinubu’s running mate)
Kashim Shettima is a prominent Muslim politician from Borno State’s Kanuri tribe.
In 1993, he entered the banking industry, working for the (now defunct) Commercial Bank of Africa Limited as the head of the accounts unit at the bank’s office in Ikeja, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria. Kashim Shettima worked at the company from 1993 to 1997.
He was born in Maiduguri on September 2, 1966.
Kashim attended Lamisula Primary School in Maiduguri from 1972 to 1978; Government Community Secondary School, Biu in the southern part of Borno State from 1978 to 1980; transferred to Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum (now in neighboring Yobe State) where he completed his secondary education in 1983.
He studied at the University of Maiduguri and earned a Degree (BSc) in Agricultural Economics in 1989.
He obtained a Master’s degree (MSc) in Agricultural Economics in 1991 at the University of Ibadan in Southwest, Nigeria. Kashim Shettima joined the University of Maiduguri as a Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics and was in academia from 1991 to 1993.
From 2007 to 2011, Kashim Shettima served as Commissioner in five ministries.
He was Commissioner of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs (2008), Education (2009), Agriculture and Natural Resources, and finally to the Ministry of Health from where he contested the Governorship in 2011 which he won under the platform of the now-defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party and was inaugurated on May 29, 2011.
Kashim Shettima won reelection in 2015 under the All Progressives Congress and was chosen as Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, an umbrella body of Governors in the 19 States located in northern Nigeria.