A suggestion to choose either Ahmad Lawan, president of the Senate, or Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, as Bola Tinubu’s running mate was rejected.
Daily Independent published an article stating this on Wednesday.
Tinubu is the All Progressives Congress’ candidate for president .
According to the source, both Lawan and Bello, who ran against Tinubu in the APC presidential primaries earlier this month, have been pushing President Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders to convince the former governor of Lagos state to choose them as his running mate.
Tinubu won the primary with 1,271 votes, followed by Lawan with 152 votes and Yahaya Bello with 47 votes.
Our source, a former minister from the South-Western region of the country, said that while Tinubu has no problem with choosing a Muslim as his running mate, he bluntly rejected both of them since they are his direct rivals and have their sights set on the presidency.
“Yes both men (Lawan and Bello) have been making moves to be nominated as vice-presidential candidates but I can assure you that Asiwaju is not considering them at all. He met with President Buhari shortly before his trip to France and I strongly believe that must have been part of their discussions as both men have been lobbying the president to prevail on Asiwaju to consider them”.
“Even those of who are associates of Asiwaju Tinubu are against their choice as both of them are not strong personalities that can bring the needed votes in the North” he said.
Tinubu who used Ibrahim Masari as a placeholder in his nomination form to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stated last weekend at the 60th birthday of the Speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila that he is still in a search of a running mate.