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The Tinubu Support Organization has endorsed Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-rufai, as  the Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 presidential election.

If this position is accepted by the APC leadership, it will lay to rest the thorny issue of who will be the running mate of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The Director-General of the organisation, Aminu Suleiman, during a press conference in Kaduna on Monday, said the group has reached a consensus on El-Rufai after meeting with critical stakeholders from the North West Zone and beyond.

According to him, the choice of running mate is a critical success factor for the victory of Tinubu in 2023.

He said that the organisation after due consideration and robust engagement with different stakeholders and after critical look of all options decided that the North West zone should provide the APC’s candidate for the vice president slot.

According to the organisation, the zone has the largest voting bloc in the country.

The group said that El-Rufai, has the experienced adding that he has done well in both politics and governance at the federal and state levels.

According to the group, he was best candidate that can complement Tinubu as Vice President.

“After due consultation with critical Stakeholders especially in the North-West, it is of the fact that El-Rufai is Asiwaju’s best choice for VP,” Suleiman said.

“The Tinubu Support Organisation is working tirelessly for the election of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria. TSO believes that the choice of running mate is a critical success factor for the victory of Asiwaju.

“We are glad that the APC has many outstanding individuals among its leaders. But having assessed all the options, it is the view of TSO that the APC’s candidate for VP should be chosen from the North-West, the single largest voting bloc in Nigeria.

“It is our view that the person that can best compliment Asiwaju as VP is Malam Nasir El-Rufai The Executive Governor of Kaduna State and we recommend that he should be chosen as the running mate.

“El-Rufai is a very experienced person. He has held office at the federal level and at the state level, and he has done well in every office. He has always stood for progressive policies. He is not afraid of difficult decisions. This is a man that is running a state government with appointees from all over Nigeria.

“His capacity is not in doubt. His personal ability is outstanding. He is firm. He is courageous. He is principled. We know that he resisted every pressure to be dragged into the presidential race.

“We appreciate him and his colleagues, the APC governors from the north, for sticking to the view that gentlemen should respect agreements.”

It is however not clear if the APC hierarchy and it’s presidential candidate would accept the endorsement.

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