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Tinubu Faced With Difficulty on Choice of Running Mate, Opts For Placeholder Amidst Further Consultation


With less that 24hrs to that deadline for submission 9f names to INEC, the presidential foagvearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is still faced with choice of who to pick as running mate fir the race.

However, sources within the APC top hierarchy claims he has submitted Alhaji Ibrahim Massari to fill the space while he Intensifies consultation.

Masari is a serving board member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) located in Kuru, near Jos, the Plateau State capital, AIT News reports.

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As gathered by Daily Trust, Tinubu submitted Masari’s name as a placeholder ahead of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deadline for parties to submit the names of their candidates for the 2023 elections.

According to the newspaper, the development was confirmed on Thursday, June 16, by sources close to Tinubu and Masari. However, there are reports that Tinubu who only submitted Masari’s name to beat INEC’s deadline, would replace him before the 2023 presidential election.

A source said: “Tinubu is still consulting widely on the choice of his running mate. He would replace Masari as soon as the right candidate is selected.” Masari was the national welfare secretary of the APC during the tenure of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as National Chairman.

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