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2023: Atiku Bagudu should be Tinubu’s running mate – PYC

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Progressive Youth for Change, PYC, has endorsed the governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku-Bagudu, as the running mate for the All Progressives Congress, APC’s presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu, for the 2023 general elections.

A statement on Wednesday by the National Coordinator of the group, Nazir Galadanchi, said it would be most expedient and electorally rewarding to have a personality like Mr Bagudu as the vice-presidential running mate to the APC Presidential candidate.

According to him, Mr Bagudu can best be described as a brilliantly influential and strong electoral asset to the APC, in order to retain political leadership at the centre.

The statement said: “From the list of possible political leadership figures, being suggested by those making frenzied political permutations, as to the best optional choice for the position of the vice-presidential candidate, none of them, possesses or has the rich and humble credentials that Distinguished Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, has.

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“A two-time Executive Civilian Governor of Kebbi State, who had also enjoyed an equally two-time tenure at the SENATE of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, besides, having had the rare opportunity of being elected as the Chairman, of the APC Governors Forum, this graduate of BSc Economics, from the famous Usman Danfodio University & MSc Economics, University of Jos, has an amazingly graceful rich network of political contacts and solid grassroots mobilisation drive, through the entire northern region, made up of the North-West, North-East and North-Central geo political zones.

“The 60-year-old stable and balanced high-flying political leadership figure, whose working career has spanned the WORLD BANK, University teaching and learning, will always be remembered in Nigeria’s economic cum political history as being in the forefront of pioneering the famous LAKE RICE brand, jointly produced by the governments of LAGOS-KEBBI states.

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“His brief work experience at the WORLD BANK, gave him the opportunity of working with such notable world leaders as former Liberian President, Her Excellency, Mrs. Sirleaf Ellen Johnson, while she was African Director, at the World Bank as well as Sierra Leonean born, Ms Diana Finda Koroman, Vice President, ECOWAS COMMISSION.

“Distinguished Senator Bagudu, who is also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, from the University of Columbia, USA, pioneered and revolutionised, the RICE FARMING, leading to the return of the famous RICE PYRAMID, that was one of the main economic mainstay of the old NORTHERN REGION.

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“Giving Distinguished Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the current Executive Governor of Kebbi State, the privilege of being appointed as the vice presidential running mate to His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who overwhelmingly clinched the

APC Presidential Primary Election, will be a well articulated and considered step in the right direction towards the overall goal-actualization drive of the party ahead of the 2023 Presidential & General Polls.”

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