After a long wait for the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s running mate, the coast seems clearer than ever.
The pendulum seems to be swinging towards outspoken former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima.
His choice as the ruling APC’s supporting standard bearer is prone to being criticised on religious ground – by those who have been campaigning against the Muslim-Muslim ticket.
But there are some facts about his life that can hardly be disproved or disregarded.
For instance, there is not likely to be any argument about the educational qualification of the graduate of the University of Maiduguri.
His long walk with Zenith Bank, where he worked in various managerial capacities is also an endorsement for his versatile background.
Now, concerning his political profile, Tinubu would be flaunting a running mate who, apart from having been a governor and Senator, had been commissioner in five ministries.
Back to his private sector background, he is likely to be an asset to the party in its tough bid for re-election at the presidential level based on his obvious relationship with giants in the business community.
A man who worked so intensely in Zenith Bank is, for instance, not likely to a be a ‘stranger’ to the bank’s leadership, which in turn could be a bridge to its counterparts.