The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation , Senator Danladi Abdullahi Sankara has declared full support for the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima by Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu as his Vice Presidential Candidate
According to him, the choice of Senator Shetima has further brightened the chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to secure victory in the general election scheduled for February next year.
Senator Sankara who also holds the traditional title of Dallatun Ringim spoke while addressing party leaders and supporter during the week in Jigawa State.
He expressed confidence in the wisdom of Asiwaju Tinubu and capability of Senator Shettima who he described as competent, cerebral and accomplished aministrator that would add value to the presidency of Bola Tinubu in the service of the nation
Updating the party leaders and supporters , Senator Sankara said, “By the choice of Senator Shettima as his running mate for the general election, Tinubu has proved he is a leader with great wisdom and vision for assembling capable people to assist him provide the desired leadership that would improve the welfare Nigerians.
“Senator Shettima is capable and well prepared. We are together with him in this 9th Senate and everyone is aware of his leadership capability, he will compliment efforts of Tinubu to bring about the desired progress and development of the nation”
Senator Sankara said the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket should not call for any alarm or apprehension by any group, especially as both Asiwaju Tinubu and Shettima are patriotic and well meaning Nigerians who are very conscious of the requirements of equity and justice in leadership and public administration
He said “On the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket, I am convinced that there is no cause for alarm or apprehension by any group or individual, We are more particular about the capacity of the leaders to carry everyone along, and we are convinced that by their track record both Shettima and Tinubu are liberal minded leaders capable of carrying everyone along.
“Beside, we must all remember that this is not the first time we are having two leaders of the same faith contesting for the offices of President and Vice President.” “Remember that in 1979 Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, a christian paired with Professor Ishaya Audu another christian to contest the presidency . In the same election circle, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a christian paired with Chief Philip Umeadi, another christian to contest the presidency.
“There are other two or three past instances during the military era when two leaders of the same religious faith were president and Vice President.