Former Lagos state governor and Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has announced Senator Kashim Shetima as his running mate for next year’s general elections.
From 2007 to 2011, Shetima served as Commissioner in 5 Ministries. In the January 2011 ANPP primaries, Engineer Modu Fannami Gubio was selected as a candidate for the governorship. However, Gubio was later shot dead by gunmen, and Shettima was selected in a second primary in February 2011. In the 26 April 2011 elections, Shettima won 531,147 votes while the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Muhammed Goni, gained 450,140.
Shettima emerged the 2014 Governor of the Year (Leadership, Governor of the Year, 2015, (Nigeria Union of Journalists, national body); Governor of the Year, 2015 (NewsWatchTimes n); Governor of the Year, 2015 (Vanguard newspapers); Governor of the Year, 2016 (Tell magazine; 2017 Zik Prize for Leadership; Kaduna NUJ Award for courage and exceptional leadership (2017), FCT NUJ Merit Award for exceptional Leadership, 2017.
In February, 2019 he became the winner of the Borno Central Senatorial District election, thereby replacing Senator Babakaka Bashir
Tinubu, according to multiple media reports, made the announcement following a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the latter’s hometown in Daura, Katsina State.
The reports quoted Tinubu as saying Shettima, the former Governor of Borno State is “competent, capable, reliable and able to be picked as a running mate”.
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