Former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has thrown his weight behind the presidential aspirations of APC chieftain, Ahmed Tinubu.
The current Senator was reacting to Tinubu’s public declaration of his intention to contest next year’s presidential elections.
He noted that Tinubu deserves to lead Nigeria because the citizens owe him a debt of gratitude for all he has sacrificed for the country.
He added that while everyone was rallying to Olusegun Obasanjo he took the “risk to build a political alternative to the ruling party.”
“Asiwaju’s choices and endorsements of northerners as presidential candidates while others were masterminding ethno-regional solidarity and fueling socio-cultural affinities readily affirm his pan-Nigerian profile,” Shettima said.
“Where others see divisions to exploit, he sees collaborations. And it’s this patience that has brought us together today, to remember the examples he’s set and the debt we owe him.
“Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu should be given the choice of first refusal. More than any other person, he has sacrificed more for this democracy, for the APC.”
“One of such is the mischievous fixation on his age and the wild conclusions that he’s physically unsuitable for the office of the president,” he said.
“This obsession characterizes the thinking of those who have no understanding of Asiwaju’s incredible work ethic.
“The mark of true leadership isn’t the ability to lift a bag of cement. It’s the mental effort to think rationally of solutions designed to redeem one’s people and territorial jurisdiction.”