Senator Kashim Shettima, the former governor of Borno State, has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari and the Northern region should back Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential bid.
Shettima stated in an interview with Daily Trust over the weekend that President Buhari and the Northern leaders should return the kindness shown by the APC’s national leader in the previous seven years.
Shettima said that throughout the 2015 and 2019 elections, the former Lagos governor backed President Buhari through thick and thin, as well as other governing party chieftains.
The former governor, who was a prominent backer of Tinubu’s presidential bid in 2023, said Tinubu was first among equals and should be given first refusal.
“Rather than sit on the fence and wait for the wind to blow, I will come out plainly and take a solid stand on what is right, taking into account our history of leadership in northern Nigeria, This is the primary reason I came forth to support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu” he stated.
“He could have run for president when he backed us, but he didn’t. He has been a staunch supporter of President Buhari through thick and thin, and one good deed is always rewarded with another. We should not function as politicians below a certain level; it should not be a situation of anything goes. That bare minimum necessitates that we return in kind.”
Shettima claimed that he is backing Tinubu to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 on the basis of retribution and consistency.