The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Borno state has picked state Attorney General, Kaka Shehu Lawan as the party’s candidate for the Borno Central Senatorial seat to replace Sen Kashim Shettima who is now running mate to Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the party.
DAILY GIST reported that Tinubu had announced Shettima as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election in Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State.
The Former Commissioner of Justice, Lawan scored 459 votes out of 480 valid votes in the party’s senatorial primaries.
“Having satisfied the provisions of the electoral law, by the authority vested on me by the national Chairman of our great, I declared that Bar Kaka Shehu Lawan, former Attorney General, has been validly elected as the APC candidate for Borno Central Senatorial seat,”, the Party’s returning officer and former deputy governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Uba Magari said.
In his acceptance speech, Kaka Lawan thanked the state governor and delegates for chosen him.
He urged the delegates to mobilize eligible voters for the ongoing Permanent Voters Registration exercise.
He assured of quality representation at the Senate even as he asked the people to always pray for their leaders.
State Governor, Babagana Zulum also hailed Lawan’s emergence adding that it was a ‘divine’ occurrence.
The selection of Shettima, a Muslim from the North East to run on the presidential ticket of the APC with another Muslim, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu from the South West has been greeted with mixed reaction.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had rejected the idea and warned parties against it, But the supporters of the candidate and the party had argued that competence, exposure and intellectual depth should be prioritised above religion.