Tinubu’s running mate for the 2023 election is the talking point at the moment.
Newsone reports that there are strong indications that the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, may settle for Solomon Lalong, the governor of Plateau State, northcentral Nigeria as the running mate to its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 elections.
This online news platform understands that Lalong, who might be Tinubu’s running mate for the 2023 election, has been described as “a cool-headed politician who is not motivated by tribal or religious sentiments.”
The Plateau State Governor has also been described as “the only governor whose approach to the security situation in the state has helped to calm frayed nerves, and ensured return to normalcy.”
A report monitored on The Guardian by Newsone Nigeria, quoted APC Chieftain and convener of Northern Conscience for 2023 (NCF’2023), Dr. Garus Gololo, to have said that APC needs to win the presidential elections earlier and that if it picks anybody besides Lalong, “I don’t see the chances of the party making it.”
The APC Chieftain stressed that “Lalong is the first Governor in Plateau State to give a Muslim the chance at the beginning the local government Chairman of Plateau North”, adding that “with Tinubu and Lalong, the APC is sure of putting Atiku and Kwankwaso where they belong to.”
Newsone Nigeria reports that Gololo criticised moves in some quarters to pair the party’s flag bearer with the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, adding that “I am from Bauchi and I will not vote for Yakubu Dogara. We know the problems there. His local government had to be moved from Tafawa Balewa to Gununu.
“So you don’t expect that person to be Vice President and you expect to have peace. Or is it Boss Mustapha; what’s his political currency?
“They said that he’ll go for Babachir Lawal. Though the court gave him a clean bill of Health, the masses still believe that he has baggage on him. For this, they’ll not vote for him. So, let’s not waste our time.”
Speaking further on the governorship elections in Bauchi State, the APC Chieftain opted for Former Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, insisting that “he is a man of the grassroots.”
The APC Chieftain further urged the Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed “to concentrate on other endeavours besides contesting for the governorship again, seeing his failed presidential bid.”