2023: Group Defends Shettima’s Choice As VP
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2023: Group Defends Shettima’s Choice As VP

A group, Progressive Volunteers for Tinubu has defended the choice of the ex-Borno State governor, Kassim Shettima as the running mate of the Presidential candidate of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) Ahmed Tinubu.

Their defence of the choice of Shettima as Tinubu’s running mate comes amid the hue and cry that has greeted the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC.


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In a statement titled “Why Shettima Was Preferred Over Babachir, Dogara And Boss Mustapha As Tinubu’s Vice Presidential Candidate; The Reason For Their Bitterness” released by the group posited that the agitation against the Muslim-Muslim ticket was not borne out of love for Christians but due to selfish interest and a plot to create disaffection between Christians and Muslims in the country.



“Whenever you see some politicians writing different publications against Muslim-Muslim ticket of APC, it’s not that they love the Christians, it’s about selfish interest and to create disaffection between the Christians and Muslims in the country,” the statement said.



The group consequently asked Nigerians to join Progressive Volunteers for Tinubu in their respective areas and be part of those that will bring in a better Nigeria come 2023.



The group went on to pinpoint the scorecard of the trio of Lawal, Dogara, and Mustapha against Shettima in the 2019 Presidential Election.



“Babachir Lawal and Boss Mustapha hail from the same state as PDP Presidential Candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar. Both Babachir Lawal and Boss Mustapha are Christian from Hong LGA of Adamawa State and below is the 2019 Presidential election result in their LGA. In Hong Local Government Adamawa State, APC polled 20,471 while the PDP polled 23,039.



They also pointed out that Hon. Yakubu Dogara who is also a Christian and hailed from Bogoro LGA in Bauchi State could not deliver his LGA.

They lamented that APC scored a measly 5,284 votes against PDP’s 23,664.



They pointed out the sterling performance of Shettima in the election as a testament to his political dexterity.



“The Vice-Presidential candidate of the APC, His Excellency, Distinguished Sen. Kashim Shettima, hails Maiduguri Metropolitan Council in Borno State, the APC scored 146,181 while PDP scored 9,632”.

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