2023: Group Endorses El-Rufai As Tinubu’s Running Mate

Appeals to all APC leaders to throw weight behind their choice

The Tinubu Support Organisation (TSO), Monday, endorsed the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai as the best choice for the vice president. 

Speaking during a press conference in Kaduna, TSO’s Director-General, Aminu  Suleiman, said the group arrived at the choice after meeting with critical stakeholders from the northwest zone and beyond.

According to the DG, the choice of running mate is a critical success factor for the victory of Tinubu in the 2023 general election. 

Having assessed all options, Suleiman said the group wants the APC’s candidate for the vice president to come from the northwest, which is the largest voting bloc in the country.

The group further described El-Rufai as a very experienced person, who has done well in both politics and governance at the federal and state levels.  

The DG emphasised: “After due consultation with critical stakeholders, especially in the North-West, it is of the fact that El-Rufai is Asiwaju’s best choice for VP.

“The Tinubu Support Organisation is working tirelessly for the election of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria.”

According to Suleiman, TSO believes that the choice of running mate is a critical success factor for the victory of Tinubu.

“We are glad that the APC has many outstanding individuals among its leaders. But having assessed all the options, it is the view of TSO that the APC’s candidate for VP should be chosen from the North-West, the single largest voting bloc in Nigeria.

“It is our view that the person that can best compilement Asiwaju as VP is Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State. And we recommend that he should be chosen as the running mate,” says the DG.

Continuing, he commended El-Rufai as one whose capacity is not in doubt. “His personal ability is outstanding. He is firm. He is courageous. He is principled. We know that he resisted every pressure to be dragged into the presidential race. 

“We appreciate him and his colleagues, the APC governors from the north, for sticking to the view that gentlemen should respect agreements. El-Rufai is a leader whose talents and energy should be brought back to the federal level.”

Hence, he implored: “We appeal to all our leaders in the APC to support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to choose El-Rufai as his running mate.”

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