Presidency 2023: Shettima Is Phenomenally Complementary To Tinubu – Keyamo

Channels Television  
Updated July 10, 2022
A file photo of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo.


Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has described Senator Kashim Shetima as a worthy choice of a running mate for Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had on Sunday announced after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, that he would be running the 2023 race with Shettima.

Speaking to newsmen after his closed-door meeting with the president, Tinubu said Shettima was selected because the former Borno State governor is “competent, capable, reliable and able to be picked as a running mate”.

Reacting to the development, Mr Keyamo was of the opinion that Tinubu had made a great choice.

The minister who aired his view on Twitter, described Shettima as a “Quintessential banker and economist, suave gentleman and politician,” who is intellectually fertile and economically sound.

He further stated that that the former Borno governor is “inter-generationally mobile (he’s young, yet experienced), fiercely loyal, phenomenally complimentary to Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.

“Kashim Shettima is the perfect choice as VP,” Keyamo declared.

In a chain of reactions to the announcement of Shettima as VP to Tinubu, Mr Ibrahim Masari, who initially was picked as vice presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has resigned.

In a communique on Sunday, Masari, a former National Welfare Secretary of the APC, stated that after much reflection and wider consultations, he is now going to step down.

“I realized that my decision will enable Asiwaju 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,” Masari disclosed.

The APC chieftain thanked Asiwaju Tinubu for the trust vested in him, and promise that he and his family will remain steadfast in their support for the APC presidential flagbearer and the party.