Tinubu Travels To France Amid Running Mate Controversy

Tinubu Travels To France Amid Running Mate Controversy

Tinubu Travels To France Amid Running Mate Controversy

Tinubu Travels To France Amid Running Mate Controversy

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the ‘All Progressives Congress’ nominee for president, left the country on Monday for France.

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After having a morning private audience with President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) in the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Tinubu left Nigeria shortly after.

This was said in a statement made by Tunde Rahman, Tinubu’s spokesman, in Abuja.

The statement partly read, “He is off to Paris, France to hold some important meetings. The APC standard-bearer is expected back in the country shortly.”

The development is coming in the wake of Tinubu’s statement on Sunday that he was still searching for his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.

Although Rahman did not specify how long the former governor of Lagos State would be gone, there were hints that his trip must be connected to the selection process for his running mate.

Tinubu Travels To France Amid Running Mate Controversy

The news follows controversy surrounding Tinubu’s assertions that he misplaced his academic credentials when submitting his paperwork to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

In his search for a running mate, the APC national chairman said he was still examining how Speaker of the House of Representatives Hakeem Gbajabiamila and Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase had been getting along.

He said this at the presentation of a book titled ‘Mr Speaker: The Legislative Life, Service and Resilience of Femi Gbajabiamila and the unveiling of a Legislative Mentorship Initiative to mark the senator’s 60th birthday.

The northern governors of the APC from the North-West and North-East were divided over the choice of a suitable running mate for the party’s presidential candidate, Tinubu.

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The APC had submitted the name of a party chieftain in Katsina State, Ibrahim Masari, to the Independent National Electoral Commission as its surrogate running mate.

Masari is a serving board member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Plateau State.

The source told one of our correspondents that nine days after Masari’s name was submitted to the INEC, the APC had yet to settle for a candidate.

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