•Report by Kamil Opeyemi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu was instrumental in the transformation of Lagos State, according to Kashim Shettima.
The former Borno State governor, made this assertion while speaking during a Lagos State banquet in honour of President Muhammad Buhari on Monday.
He said:”When Asiwaju became the governor of Lagos, you and I know that the fear of Lagos for the average northerner was the beginning of wisdom.
“Lagos was a super slum but because of the quality of this man’s ideas, Lagos is now the third-largest economy in Africa. From N600m, Lagos government is now generating N61bn every month as the internally generated revenue, and Lagos is now projected to be the third-largest economy by the end of the decade.”
“I will urge you all to vote for the one that would sustain the legacies of President Muhammadu Buhari; for someone who has the integrity, the character, and the skillsets to catapult this nation to a higher pedestal,”Shettima added.
Speaking further,the vice-presidential candidate said his principal, Tibubu deserves applause from the northern region.
He added that the former Lagos governor gave shelter to politicians from the area when they were facing political witch hunt.
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Shettima listed such persons as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and an ex-chief of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Nuhu Ribadu. Asides from them, the APC vice presidential candidate said Tinubu’s backing of Buhari in the 2015 and 2019 elections is something the region won’t forget.
“Those of us from the north owe him a debt of gratitude for supporting our leader President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 and 2019 general elections,” he said
He also dismissed claims about Tinubu’s health and age.
“We are not preparing for the Olympics but an institution that thrives on the superiority of ideas and established track records,”Shettima maintained.
While describing the primary that produced Tinubu as a “watershed” in the country’s history, Shettima,however, commended President Buhari for allowing a fair playing field during the primaries.