Tinubu hasn’t officially declared his intention to contest for the APC 2023 presidential ticket yet. There are, however, widespread speculations that the Asiwaju of Lagos will be throwing his hat in the ring and is the favorite to win the ticket. Should this eventually happen, we have taken a look at 2 reasons why Tinubu might choose George Akume As his running mate
1. The Necessity Of Choosing A Powerful Christian Politician From The North
Based on the tradition of “power-sharing” in Nigerian politics, Tinubu who is a Muslim from the southern region of the country is expected to choose a Christian politician as a running mate from the northern region. Tinubu will be looking for a northern Christian politician whose political influence can help him obtain the needed votes from the north, and one man that meets these requirements is the current minister of Special Duties and Inter-government affairs, George Akume
George Akume is a former governor of Benue State, a state under the north-central geopolitical zone and was a senate minority leader for 4 years. His leadership experience, considerable political influence, and social power makes him a person Tinubu would want to align with.
2. To Gain Advantage In The Battleground State
There are indications that former vice president Atiku Abubakar will once again contest the position of the number one citizen of Nigeria. Although he hasn’t officially announced that he is joining the race, reputable sources have reported that it is only a matter of time before he emerges as the PDP presidential candidate for 2023.
This means the 2023 presidential election is likely going to be a two-horse race between Tinubu from the south and Atiku from the core north. Judging by how elections in Nigeria have always been, it can be argued that the majority of the south will vote for Tinubu and the majority of the core north will vote for Atiku, therefore, making north-central otherwise known as the middle belt “the battleground”
A simplistic analysis of this contest goes like this; If the middle-belt becomes the battleground, Akume’s political influence in this region will be an advantage to Tinubu. Also, the middle belt region has never produced a democratically elected president or vice president before so this will be a major reason why they will strongly support George Akume and Tinubu