Ahead of Friday June 17 deadline given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to political all parties to submit the names of presidential candidates and their running mates, Senator Bola Tinubu, Presidential candidate of the ruling party the All Progressives Congress (APC), has submitted the name of Kabir Ibrahim Masari as his running mate for the 2023 general election.
TOP SOCIETY recalls that INEC has announced Friday June 17 as deadline to political parties to submit the names of presidential candidates and their running mates.
According to information reaching us, the name of Masari, who hails from the home State of President Muhammadu Buhari, would later be changed after the party stakeholders must have agreed on the suitable vice-presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.
A party source who confirmed that Tinubu has submitted the name of his running mate, however, added that “consultation is still ongoing”
It was further gathered that the move by Tinubu and the ruling party was to meet the statutory requirement and beat the deadline set by the electoral umpire.
However, Tinubu will today meet President Buhari as consultation continues on the issue of his running mate.
Meanwhile, one of the leaders of Tinubu Support Group, Hon. James Faleke was at the party secretariat yesterday, but his mission was not known.
But the source confirmed that Faleke was at the party secretariat yesterday to collect INEC’s form for the presidential and vice presidential candidates to be filled.
Asked if Faleke was there to submit the name of the running mate to Tinubu, the source insisted that no compromise had been reached in the issue of running mate.
“When the decision is made, it would be made known to all and the decision would be made tomorrow (today),” he added.