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Tinubu And Peter Obi: The Challenges Surrounding The Choice Of A Running Mate.

In today’s write-up, we would be looking at the challenges that some presidential candidates are currently facing in deciding the choice of a Vice President or running mate, even after weeks of concluding the party primaries.

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Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the former governor of Lagos State, and the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, and as a member of the ruling political party in the country, he is surrounded by notable politicians from different stats and different regions, but he is yet to make a choice of his running mate.

On 17th June, channels television reported that Tinubu submitted the name of Kabiru Masari as his running mate, but although he submitted Masari’s name as his running mate, there are rumors that Masari is just a placeholder to beat the INEC deadline, and not the actual running mate.

However, whether or not he is a placeholder, the challenges Tinubu is facing is the is a religious one, in the sense that Tinubu is a Muslim from the southern region, and the southern region are predominantly Christians, and in order to create a religious balance, many Nigerians expect him to go for a northern Christian, when the Nigerians northerners are predominantly Muslims.

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On the part of Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party and former governor of Anambra State, he submitted the name of Doyin Okupe as a placeholder until he finalizes his choice of a running mate, and considering that Peter Obi is a southern Christian, it is expected that he would choose a northern Muslim as his running mate.

However, although the Nigerian constitution does not say that a presidential candidate must choose his running mate from the opposite religion, many Nigerians think it is the better idea in order to create a religious balance in the country, while some Nigerians argue that as long as the two candidates are competent enough to lead, their religion does not matter.

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