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2023: Tinubu Rejects Ahmad Lawan, Yahaya Bello As Running Mate

The possibility to select Senate President Ahmad Lawan or Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State as his running mate was turned down by Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate.

According to, Tinubu had beaten the pair in the governing party’s presidential primaries.

In what many consider to be a “placeholder” move, the former governor of Lagos State had submitted Ibrahim Masari’s name as his running partner to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

At the 60th birthday celebration for House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila last weekend, Tinubu had stated that he was still looking for a running mate.

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Reports claim that Lawan and Bello have been pleading with President Buhari to persuade Tinubu to choose them as his running partner.

According to a source who spoke to the magazine, Tinubu rejected both since they were his direct rivals.

The source, a former Minister, said: “Yes, both men (Lawan and Bello) have been making moves to be nominated as vice-presidential candidates, but I can assure you that Asiwaju is not considering them at all. He met with President Buhari shortly before his trip to France, and I strongly believe that must have been part of their discussions as both men have been lobbying the president to prevail on Asiwaju to consider them.

“Even those of who are associates of Asiwaju Tinubu are against their choice as both of them are not strong personalities that can bring the needed votes in the North.”


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