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THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has submitted the name of Kabiru Masari to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its vice-presidential candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kabiru Faskari disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday.

Faskari said Masari’s name has been forwarded to INEC as Bola Tinubu’s running mate.


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Tinubu is the APC presidential candidate.

“Our vice presidential candidate is Kabiru Masari,” Faskari said.

However, there are reports that Masari is standing in as a ‘placeholder’ pending when the APC selects a substantive vice presidential candidate.

The need for a placeholder is to ensure that the party meets INEC’s deadline for submission of names of candidates for the 2023 general elections.

Also speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday, a former presidential spokesperson Doyin Okupe announced that his name has been submitted to INEC as the running mate of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi.

Doyin Okupe

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According to Okupe, he will be standing in as the Labour Party vice presidential candidate in order to meet up with INEC’s June 17 deadline.

He said, “You will understand that Mr. Peter Obi came into the Labour Party on the 29th of May, which is exactly three weeks ago.

“Therefore, our idea and our reasoning is to bring together in the country, and for the first time, the largest political coalition possible, because we are facing two political giants — APC, PDP. And we are serious about upstaging them and we will.

“But to do that, we cannot do it alone. We need to be able to put together this coalition and the so-called third force is now alive, and it is forming, and it is important for us to ensure that all the stakeholders are carried along from the beginning to the end.

“So, because of this, I, Dr. Doyin Okupe, am standing in as the vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party.”

According to the INEC timetable, all the political parties must submit the names of their candidates before 6:00 pm today, June 17.

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