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Nigeria: Will Tinubu choose a Muslim running mate for 2023?

By Akin Irede
Posted on Friday, 19 March 2021 12:11

Bola Tinubu, former Lagos state governor and All Progressives Congress leader, gestures at a party meeting with President-elect Muhammadu Buhari beside him in Abuja
Bola Tinubu, former Lagos state governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, gestures at a party meeting with President-elect Muhammadu Buhari beside him in Abuja Febuary 17, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A lack of powerful Christian politicians in the North means that the APC frontrunner Bola Tinubu may need to break a taboo and front an all-Muslim ticket for the next presidential elections in 2023. Might Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje be on the ticket?

Nigeria’s frontline Presidential hopeful, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is commonly referred to as the National Leader of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, and is credited with ensuring the victory of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, is currently in a fix regarding his choice of a running mate, close associates have told The Africa Report.

Although he hasn’t officially declared his intention to take a shot at the Presidency, he previously said in 2016: “It depends on the timing; it depends on the environment and what political leadership dictates. I will not brush aside such an aspiration…”.