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2023 presidency: Shettima reveals why Tinubu will not accept consensus

Shettima says Tinubu won't accept consensus candidate

Former Borno Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima has explained why presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will not agree to a consensus arrangement to produce the party’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

While speaking on Politics Today, a programme on Channels Television on Friday, Shettima said Tinubu is “the elephant in the room” and the leading aspirant in the race for the APC’s presidential ticket.

Shettima argued that only Tinubu is the only APC aspirant that can defeat the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

“If it is a game of numbers Tinubu will win. The issue of stepping down does not arise, he is the elephant in the room, how do you expect an elephant to step down for a Lilliputian? On a more serious note, the issue of (Tinubu) stepping down is mere speculation.

“More especially, even the speculation on anointment, the president’s special adviser came up to dispute it,” he said.

“Asiwaju is the only candidate with pedigree and brand name to stand shoulder to shoulder with Atiku. An attempt to test any other option might be catastrophic for APC.”

According to Shettima, President Muhammadu Buhari, would prefer Tinubu as a successor.

He said, “We are in a democratic situation but I’m afraid it might be catastrophic for the party. I’m not a prophet of doom; I’m an internal optimist. We have done our own bidding and by God’s grace, our candidate will emerge as the presidential flagbearer of the APC in the next 72 hours.

“It is not a subject of dispute but a question of time. He has paid the price, and yesterday in Abeokuta, he made some remarks that were deliberately distorted and quoted out of context.

“Whether they are willing to admit it or not, he played a pivotal role not only in the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the candidate of the APC but in the ultimate election in 2015.

“He is the president of this country. His input is highly essential. We respect and adore him, but we believe at the end of the day, the president is a democrat and he will align himself with the aspirations of his party member.

“People are underrating the president a great deal and they are equally underrating the depth of his friendship with asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. They have come a long way. The president is a man of honour who is being grossly underrated.

“The President Buhari I know, sufficiently, if at all the president is going to endorse anyone, that person is going to be Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Forget about all the charlatans and distractions and political contractors.”

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