Some Chieftains and Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the South East and South-South geo-political region of the country boycotted the official unveiling of the Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Kashim Shettima, in Abuja yesterday.
The Chieftains and leaders of the party from the South East that were conspicuously absent at the unveiling ceremony included two governors; Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Ogbonnaya Onu; Chris Ngige and former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.
Leaders of the party from the South-South including Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State; the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, were equally missing at the event.
However, the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu, while defending his choice of Kashim Shettima, former Governor of Borno State, as running mate emphasized that Shettima is eminently qualified, not only to deliver the all-important electoral victory, but to also step into the shoes of the Vice President.
The APC Presidential flag bearer said he has made the hard choice because he believes it is the best choice and expressed his belief that Shettima is the very best person to run for office with and to govern by his side.
He also explained that his decisions have always been guided by the principles of competence, competence, compassion, integrity, innovation, fairness and adherence to excellence, noting that in politics, these principles are sacrosanct and without them there can neither be victory nor good governance.
Tinubu emphasized that true leadership is not grounded in religion, populism or sentiment and that to forge ahead as a nation towards development and prosperity, Nigerians must break free of old binds, adding that this is where politics end and leadership begin.
He described Shettima as a man with talent, maturity, strength of character and patriotism.