On July 20, Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, was formally introduced as Bola Tinubu’s running mate in the APC presidential primary.
While defending his selection of Shettima at the unveiling ceremony held at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, Tinubu said that “real leadership is not built in religious pandering, populism, or sentiment.”
“We will change this country for the better.
“All my life, my decision regarding the team around me and those I work with are guided by principles of competence, innovation, compassion, integrity, fairness and adherence to excellence.
“In politics those principles are sacrosanct. They are not negotiable. Without them, there can be no victory or joy.
“This is where politics must end and leadership must begin. True leadership is not grounded in religious pandering, populism or sentiment. To forge ahead as a nation toward development and prosperity, we must, instead, break the shackles of old thinking.”