Former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, a two-term State governor and Senator representing Borno Central Senatorial district, Kashim Shettima, has replied those raising concern over former Lagos State governor and presidential aspirant Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu’s alleged health challenge.

Addressing a gathering of those galvanizing support for Tinubu presidency under the platform of Tinubu Support Groups Management Council (SGMC), the former Borno State governor said the race for the presidency is about contestation of ideas on how to revamp the ailing nation’s economy to stimulate economic growth and not an Olympic race.

Senator Shettima who said Tinubu deserved the right of first refusal for his diligence in birthing the APC and securing the 2015 presidential ticket for President Buhari urged the sitting president to reward the loyalty of the former Lagos State governor.

He said; “In 2015, some aspirants with very huge war chest were itching to cling the ticket of the APC. Like the Rock of Gibraltar, Asiwaju and his progressive team stood solidly behind the candidate of President Muhamadu Buhari.

“We shall have minimal thresholds below which we won’t operate and the irreducible minimum is that after eight years of presidency in the North, the logic, common sense, equity, justice, and fairness demand that power should move to the Southern part of the country and who is better qualified? Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu should be given the choice of the first refusal. More than any other person, he has sacrificed more for this democracy, for the APC.

“I’m not asking you to tone down critical assessments of your future leaders, but redirect you to see the bigger picture. We are not here to prepare for the Olympics, but an institution that relies on the superiority of ideas to thrive. Asiwaju’s credentials aren’t only appealing, they are proof of the qualities this country needs to redeem its vast potentials and possibilities.

“We are here to testify to this power of ideas — one that overturned the fortunes of Lagos State and sustained its supremacy as the largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and kept the opposition alive when it was more profitable to sell out.

“Those who seek to make us go low hope to present the presidency as a brick-laying exercise. But that’s the work of a machine created by an idea, and who else to guide us towards manufacturing the best ideas to redeem this country?

“The conversations we are prepared for aren’t pedestrian obsessions with the mundane, but comparisons of ideas and track records of service to the nation.

“At the top of our expectations from Nigeria’s next president should be mastery of the dynamics of the modern economy, testified leadership skills and competence, and, very significantly, sensitivity to the complexities of Nigerian sociology.”

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