North-East APC Youths Withdraw Support For Tinubu’s Running Mate Shettima, As Three Million Members Join PDP, Others
North-East APC youths have withdrawn their support for Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, following the defection of over three million members to PDP and NNPP.
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The North East, All Progressives Congress, APC, and Youth Stakeholders Forum declared that they had stopped supporting Kashim Shettima, the party’s vice presidential candidate, Newsweekng reports.
The forum claim that the nonchalance of the former governor of Borno state, which caused a wave of defections to hit the party in the area, is to blame for their withdrawal.
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The forum, which takes pleasure in having been one of those who pushed for Shettima to become the vice presidential candidate for the APC, bemoaned that his sluggish behavior has cost it three out of the eight million potential votes its members had mobilized for the party.
They, however, said they would continue to support the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
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Acting Chairman of the Forum, Hon. Shaibu Baffa Tilde said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Part of the statement reads, “We the youths in the North East, have lost our zonal treasurer from his home state of Borno, Hon. Yusuf Sheriff Banki, due to his failure to support youth in the region to launch massive mobilization.
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“It is worth noting, gentlemen, that Sheriff led many youths to the PDP. As if that wasn’t enough, our zonal organizing secretary, Hon. Murtala Gamji of Taraba led several youths to the NNPP and our zonal women leader, Hon. Amina Manga of Bauchi led scores of women to the PDP.
“As a result, the North East APC Youth Forum wishes to withdraw its unequivocal support for Sen. Shettima.”