APC nominates Masari as Tinubu’s ‘dummy’ running mate

NEWS DIGEST – An atmosphere of uncertainty has permeated the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) following the submission of Alhaji Kabir Ibrahim Masari as the “dummy” running mate of the party’s flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Masari, a former National Welfare Secretary of the APC during the era of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole- led NWC, was nominated pending the conclusion of the consultation on the issue of Mr Tinubu’s running mate in the 2023 elections.

Sources in the Tinubu’s camp and around Masari told Daily Trust newspaper that Mr Masari was nominated as “a dummy running mate.”

One of them said, “He was picked as a dummy pending the resolution of some issues on the running mate.”

It was further gathered that Masari would withdraw from the race in line with section 31 of the electoral act.

“An agreement has been reached to this effect, “another source said.

It was learnt that Masari has been with Tinubu for a very long time “and will not misbehave when the time for him step aside comes.”

He was a member of the PDP in the era of late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua.

After the death of Yar’adua in 2010, Masari defected to the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), the party under which President Muhammadu Buhari contested but lost the 2011 election.

Masari had worked for Buhari, but ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who stepped into office after Yar’adua’s death, won the election.

Ahead of the 2015 election, CPC collapsed its structure into APC and Masari joined the ruling party.

He is from Masari, a village in Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The deadline issued for the submission of candidates for the presidential positions by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lapses today.

Section 31 of the Electoral Act, 2022, reads: “A candidate may withdraw his or her candidature by notice in writing signed by him and delivered personally by the candidate to the political party that nominated him for the election and the political party shall convey such withdrawal to the commission not later than 90 days to the election.”

It was also gathered that yesterday’s meeting of the  ruling party’s NWC chaired by the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu at the party’s secretariat, ended without any news on the running mate.

Report had filtered round at the secretariat during the NWC meeting that Tinubu was coming to unveil his running mate. He was not around until the meeting ended. The NWC refused to brief the press at the end of their meeting.

In the last one week, the names of former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, his successor, Babagana Zulum, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Nasiru El-Rufai (Kaduna), and Simon Bako Lalong (Plateau) have been mentioned as likely running mate of the former Lagos State governor.


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