Despite running mate controversy, Tinubu travels to France

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It was reported that the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Asiwaju Tinubu left the country for France today. Tinubu departed Nigeria shortly after he held a closed-door meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, in the morning.

This information was disclosed by Tunde Rahman, Tinubu’s spokesman in Abuja. He said “He is off to Paris, France to hold some important meetings. The APC standard-bearer is expected back in the country shortly.”

The development is coming in the wake of Tinubu’s statement on Sunday that he was still searching for his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.

Rahman did not state how long the former Lagos State Governor would be away, there were insinuations that his travel must have something to do with the consultation for his running mate.

The development is coming in the wake of controversy over Tinubu’s claims that he lost his academic certificates in his submission to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The national leader of the APC stated that he was still studying how the House of Representatives Speaker, Hakeem Gbajabiamila and the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, had been working harmoniously, in his search for a running mate.He said this at the presentation of a book titled ‘Mr Speaker: The Legislative Life, Service and Resilience of Femi Gbajabiamila and the unveiling of a Legislative Mentorship Initiative to mark the senator’s 60th birthday.

The APC had submitted the name of a party chieftain in Katsina State, Ibrahim Masari, to the Independent National Electoral Commission as its surrogate running mate.Masari is a serving board member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Plateau State.The source reported that nine days after Masari’s name was submitted to the INEC, the APC had yet to settle for a candidate.

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