Kashim Shettima, the former governor of Borno state, has proclaimed his support for Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos state, in his presidential bid.
This was revealed by the former governor during a press conference held by a Tinubu support group in Abuja on Monday.
Shettima claimed that the former Lagos governor has made sacrifices for the country and that Nigerians owe him appreciation.
The senator representing Borno central said while other politicians were flocking around former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Tinubu took the “risk to build a political alternative to the ruling party”.
“Asiwaju’s choices and endorsements of northerners as presidential candidates while others were masterminding ethno-regional solidarity and fueling socio-cultural affinities readily affirm his pan-Nigerian profile,” Shettima said.
“Where others see divisions to exploit, he sees collaborations. And it’s this patience that has brought us together today, to remember the examples he’s set and the debt we owe him.
“Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu should be given the choice of first refusal. More than any other person, he has sacrificed more for this democracy, for the APC.”
Concerns about Tinubu’s age have been raised, but the senator says leadership isn’t about lifting a bag of cement.
“One of such is the mischievous fixation on his age and the wild conclusions that he’s physically unsuitable for the office of the president,” he said.
“This obsession characterizes the thinking of those who have no understanding of Asiwaju’s incredible work ethic.
“The mark of true leadership isn’t the ability to lift a bag of cement. It’s the mental effort to think rationally of solutions designed to redeem one’s people and territorial jurisdiction.”
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