The Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, has made it known yesterday that some close associates of key presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, APC, like OSibanjoand Amaech have sent him offers for the position of running mate, but he turned down the offer.
Shortly after accepting his nomination as Borno APC candidate for the 2023 governorship election.
The governor, however, explained that he turned the offers because he preferred to stay back and work drastically for the people of Borno State.
According to him, working with others to hastily rebuild Borno State is the most urgent need and it is beyond any aspiration.
“I came to the conclusion that while a chance to become Vice President could benefit my profile as an individual, becoming reelected as Governor of Borno State has the potential of more overall and more assurance of benefit to the good people of Borno State.
“I, therefore, say that while I thank those who may be considering me for the position of VP, I prefer to stay back and work drastically for the people of Borno State because for me as a citizen of Borno State, working with others to hastily rebuild Borno State is the most urgent need and it is beyond any aspiration.
“I profoundly thank everyone who thought of me worthy of any responsibility and I +pray that Allah helps us to work towards the full restoration of peace, the full recovery and growth of Borno State,” Mr Zulum explained.
He said: “I have thought about all the powers and privileges of being VP. I can see the honour of presiding over meetings attended by Governors and ministers and the privilege of having a presidential Jet at one’s disposal.
“I can see the honour of presidential receptions within and outside Nigeria.
“However, I have asked myself, that should I get the opportunity to become VP and raise my political profile, what happens to all our ongoing works for the people of Borno State?”
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