Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate has picked a Muslim as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.
Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano state governor made this known on Friday during a prayer session with clerics ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
“We advised him to pick a Muslim deputy. He has agreed,” Ganduje said.
“A Muslim-Muslim ticket is a reality. It is not something new in Nigeria,” Ganduje added.
He also urged the people to continue to pray for Tinubu.
The development comes amid speculations over who Tinubu would pick as his running mate, as the final deadline for the submission of candidates’ names inches closer.
On June 17, Kabiru Faskari, an APC chieftain, had announced Kabir Masari as Tinubu’s vice-presidential candidate but said the name was submitted in “placeholder” capacity.
Masari was the party’s welfare secretary when Adams Oshiomhole, former Edo governor, was the national chairman of the party.
A source had said the stakeholders want the North-East, especially Borno State, to produce the vice president in 2023.
The source said: “The APC governors are pushing that the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, should pick his vice presidential candidate from among them because of the role they played to stop the action of the APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who had already settled for the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, as the presidential candidate of the ruling party.
“There are strong feelings that though the governors want one of them, Tinubu wants Senator Kassim Shettima as his vice-presidential candidate.
The source revealed that the former Lagos State Governor wants the former Borno Governor because he is a formidable force and well-accepted in the North-East.