Thursday August 11, 2022 7:09 PM

Just in: Masari formally withdraws as Tinubu’s running mate

As activities concerning the 2023 presidential election continues to gain momentum, the running mate of Bola Tinubu, Ibrahim Masari has announced his withdrawal from the race.

It was gathered that the Katsina born politician officially submitted his withdrawal letter from the position on Sunday.

Tinubu is the All Progressive Congress APC presidential candidate in the presidential election  taking place next year.

Speaking in a statement on Sunday while announcing his withdrawal as the Vice-Presidential candidate, Masari said that the tough decision was agreed upon following a critical meeting he had with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

It was reported that .Masari had been chosen as a placeholder so as to meet up with the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.

Tinubu used Masari as a placeholder so as to take his time to choose an acceptable running mate ahead of the election

The letter, written and  released by Masari reads:

“Season greetings.

“This is to inform our esteemed party leaders under our able President Muhammadu Buhari, teeming party members and the great people of Nigeria, of the outcome of a crucial discussion I just had with the flag-bearer of our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Recall that I had the singular honour and privilege of being nominated as the running-mate to Asiwaju Tinubu last month after a keenly contested presidential primaries ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“But, after much reflection and wider consultations, I now wish to step down. I realized that my decision will enable Asiwaju have more latitude to give more accommodation and inclusion that will position our party to win the coming elections, with the support of the people of Nigeria.

“In stepping down, I believe I can still serve our party and the country in several other capacities.

“I wish to confirm that I have submitted my withdrawal letter and affidavit to that effect as the Vice Presidential Candidate to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed TInubu in the coming elections.

“On behalf of myself and family, I wish to sincerely thank Asiwaju Tinubu — the Incoming President, Insha Allah — for his trust in me and we promise to remain steadfast in our support for him and the party.”

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