The 2023 presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has been urged to pick former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara as his running mate.
According to the National Chairman of the Youth Progressives Forum of APC, Mr. Ukkasha Rahama who made the call on Tuesday during a press conference in Bauchi, Dogara is imminently qualified and would put to rest the agitations bordering on a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
The APC Chieftain added that his argument is not purely about religion, stating that Dogara is competent and has a wealth of political experience that can be easily brought to the table as the Vice President.
Rahama pointed out also that the former Speaker will easily satisfy the demand for fairness and justice in a multi-religious setting like Nigeria.
“In a secular and multicultural country like Nigeria, broad considerations should be made to accommodate all interest groups in leadership for equity and fairness.
“The emergence of Asiwaju as our party candidate has opened another political discussion and to strike the balance, Tinubu and the leadership of the party should consider the choice of Dogara as the Vice-President.”
“This forms the basis of our decision to address this conference to calm the nerves and draw the attention of our great party to ensure justice, fairness, and equity to guide their selection of the Vice-Presidential candidate.”
“The subject of our consideration of Dogara as a good material for Tinubu is not ceded along with his tribe nor his religion, but his political wealth of experience as one of the outspoken legislature.
“Though religion has forced itself into the affairs of governance in Nigeria instead of credibility, competency, and delivery, hence the urgent need to take it out of the business of the government.”
Rahama said of all those being touted as the running mate to Tinubu for the 2023 presidency, Dogara stands heads and shoulders above them all.
“The APC has people that can be paired with Tinubu, which can add value to the presidential ticket, and the foremost so far is Dogara,”
Naijaloaded recalls the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set a deadline of Friday, 17th June for all political parties to submit their list of presidential candidates and running mates for the 2023 general elections.