Tinubu Picks Shettima As Running Mate

All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Sunday picked Senator Kashim Shettima as his running mate.

Tinubu personally disclosed his choice to journalists at the Daura residence of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The APC flag bearer arrived in Daura Sunday afternoon to pay Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari who arrived in his hometown on Friday.

Senator Shettima is a former Borno Governor and a close associate of Tinubu who has been a staunch supporter and campaigner of the former Lagos Governor.

He toured many States with Tinubu since December 2021 where he addressed party delegates and mobilized support for the former Governor of Lagos State.

Who is Senator Shettima?

As Governor of Borno State between 2011 and 2019, the 56- year- old Kashim Ibrahim Shettima ran his government on the similar template used by Tinubu in Lagos.

Despite the Book Haram insurgency, he was able to build world-class schools, and housing and he also tapped into Human Resources outside his state.

Among his closest aides were an Ibo Christian from Anambra State in the Southeast, an Urhobo Christian from Delta State in the South-South, a Christian from Edo State in the South-South, a Yoruba Christian from the Southwest, a Fulani man from Gombe in the northeast and a Hausa man from Zamfara State in the northwest.

He was born on 2 September 1966 to the family of Sir Kashim Ibrahim. He is married to Nana Shettima, and they have three children: two females and a male.

In a Wikipedia biography, Sen. Kashim attended Lamisula Primary School in Maiduguri from 1972 to 1978; Government Community Secondary School, Biu in the southern part of Borno State from 1978 to 1980; transferred to Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum (now in neighbouring Yobe State) where he completed his secondary education in 1983. He studied at the University of Maiduguri and earned a Degree (BSc) in Agricultural Economics in 1989. He had his one-year compulsory membership of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, at the defunct Nigerian Agricultural Cooperative Bank, Calabar, capital of Cross River State in South-South, Nigeria, from 1989 to 1990.

He obtained a master’s degree (MSc) in Agricultural Economics in 1991 at the University of Ibadan in Southwest, Nigeria. Shettima joined the University of Maiduguri as a Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics and was in academia from 1991 to 1993.

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